Monday, December 17, 2012

Crashed Dana Plane Ran Out Of Fuel – Pilot

A pilot and aviation expert, Benson Ikponwosa on Monday said the only plausible explanation to the recent Dana plane crash could be shortage of fuel.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ikponwosa said a plane that left Abuja with its two engines intact could not have lost both engines if aircraft had adequate supply of fuel.

A Dana Airline plane, flight MD83 had in June crashed into two buildings at the Agege area of Lagos State killing all 153 passengers and crew on aboard.

Mr Ikponwosa, who was speaking against the backdrop of Saturday’s Helicopter crash which killed the former Kaduna State governor, Patrick Yakowa; former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi and their aides, said ever since he became a pilot in 1977 no crash report in Nigeria have been made public.

Speaking on the doomed Dana plane, he said “up till now, you and I don’t know what made it go down. A lot of people say it lost two engines.

“Tell me how an airplane, who happily took off from Abuja, flew for about 55 minutes to Lagos. It didn’t lose two engines on the way until it got to Lagos. It is impossible. The only way those two engines could have packed up would have been if the guy ran out of fuel.”

He said if there was a lot of fuel in the airplane the fire that accompanied the crash would have been more than what it was.

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