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Nigeria’s Dana Air Flights Suspended Over Plane Safety Issue

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March 17 (Bloomberg) -- Dana Air flights were suspended after one of its planes had a safety issue with its batteries, according to the Nigerian Aviation Ministry.

“We did it for a safety precaution,” Joe Obi, a spokesman for the ministry, said by phone today from the capital, Abuja. “The flights are suspended, but they still have their license.”

Dana Air operations resumed in January after one of its flights from Abuja carrying 146 passengers and seven crew members crashed last June in a suburb of Lagos, the commercial capital, killing everyone on board and about 10 people on the ground. It was Nigeria’s deadliest airline crash in almost 40 years. Officials are still probing the crash.

The airline has received notice of the suspension, the company said on its website. Dana Air wasn’t informed of the reason for the grounding and will meet with the ministry officials tomorrow.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Kay in Abuja at ckay5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dick Schumacher at dschumacher@bloomberg.net

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