The Senate yesterday wielded the big stick over the Dana Air crash as it called for the suspension of the Director General of National Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demurren and other top officials of regulatory agencies in the aviation industry pending the outcome of investigations into the Dana Aircraft crash last sunday.
The Senate also demanded for the grounding of Dana Airline pending the conclusion and outcome of investigation into the unfortunate crash, which claimed lives of all passengers and some on ground.
They further directed the Ministry of Aviation to release previous reports on air crashes.
The Senate investigation will be jointly done with the House of Representatives. The main thrust is to ascertain the air worthiness of all operating aircraft in the country and make appropriate recommendations.
However, Senate Spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe lamented that senators have come under intense pressure in the wake of the crash, but urged those bombarding them with information through text messages to be bold enough to come forward with information. He promised them protection by the National Assembly.
The resolution to probe the aviation industry was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma and 35 others.
Uzodinma expressed concern that the Dana crash was more tragic than recent air crashes with a total casualty figure of about 190 people, including 153 passengers, 6 crew members and about 37 people on the ground.
He added “the latest crash is a clear indication of failure and or negligence of relevant regulatory functions in the aviation industry which if unchecked, could lead to more devastating air mishaps in future.”