Dana Air Tragedy: Where The Fault Lies

Sunday, 3rd June 2012 began like any other normal Sunday morning. As with every Sunday mornings, the Christian folks all trooped to their various churches in order to praise and pray to the Lord almighty. Around midday, we were all horrified by the news of yet another suicide bomb attack on Harvest Field Church of Christ in Yelwan Tudu area of Bauchi Metropolis killing 10 people and injuring up to 40 others.

The attack was claimed by the Boko Haram Islamic sect. As we were all trying to come to terms with this avoidable loss of human lives we were all further doomed to another session of agony with the catastrophic crash of Dana Air’s C Donnell Douglas MD 83 that crashed around Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos killing the 153 passengers on board and several others on the ground. Instantly as with all other calamities and typical to the Nigerian set up, accusations and counter accusations were made between some junior staffs of Dana airline and the senior officials of the airline on one hand, and passengers of Dana Airlines and yet again senior officials of Dana Airline on the other hand. All the accusations bordered on safety and maintenance issues.

Moments like this stir up emotions, and get us covered in a web of grief so much that we tend to forget what really happened by entering into tirade on lamentations. Right now as it is, Dana Airlines has joined the list of one of the most hated companies in Nigeria. Ever since after the accident, the company has been accused of negligence on maintenance and safety matters. But I personally believe that this is the wrong time for all these accusations as the worst has already happened I believe the fault that led to this disaster didn’t just crop up one time; it must have developed over time and am sure many people must have seen it but decided to keep mum due to one reason or the other. The airline officials might look over the fault as a form of cutting cost, the officials in charge of maintenance might look the other way so as to keep to their jobs while the passengers might have seen it as too insignificant to shout since they have reached their destinations safely.  In the whole of this set up, the passengers form the most significant part of the population that came in contact with this fault. Over a hundred passengers were involved in an earlier flight in the same aircraft that was forced to have an emergency landing shortly after being airborne. That was the only thing we heard about that incident, none of the passengers deemed it fit to shout and make some noise in the media in order to make the relevant government authorities to make sure that the airline fixes the problem; and this is where I lay the blame! On the passengers!! Generally Nigerians are scared of standing up and demanding for their rights due to a myriad of reasons among which is the fear of others construing those criticisms as ethnic or religious sentiments or both.

In as much as we Nigerians do not learn to complain to those in authority and ensure that our complaints are resolved, then we have no reason whatsoever to sit and accuse them of laxity because we do not hold them responsible and we never challenge them to do the right thing. The era of dormancy has brought us nothing but chaos and avoidable loss of productive lives and the earlier we learn to identify and stand up for our rights the sooner we start a journey towards having a decent society that we will all be proud of.

10 COMMENTS

  1. this is a stupid blog. are u writing in favour of those indian ritualists? when d plane ain’t in good condition, why did they go ahead to put those people’s life to an end.
    i bet u’ll receive a knack if any of the agrieved reads ur silly write-up.

  2. How many complaints has d federal govt listened to, since you have been born. Your argument is weak and lacks basis. If people shouted do you think it would have stopped them? What if theyclaimed they heard what people say and still go ahead and do as they please? Sorry go and get another job than writing blogs. You are pathetic.

  3. Pls if u dnt knw hw 2 critically analyse an incident & come up wit a reasonable conclusion,its better U shut up in order not 2 arouse the anger of d agrieved. How cn u post such. thing? U blamin d passengers…does it mean d authorities in charge of the faulty airline are foolish enough not 2 know they are 2 fix wat eva d fault is before take off?

  4. But seriously ao much did dana pay u to write dis blog…u are really pathetic.trust me..the worst u could do if they truly payed u was to be neautral and not to shift blames on innocent nigerians…..sorry to say dis..u are mentally deficient. Dats the truth

  5. Guys I think everybody’s entitled to his or her opinion. Even tho the writer might be right to some extent, the issue is that he never weighed other possibilities. The writer said nigerians are used to suffering & smiling, but he refused to make reference to our leaders who always turned deafen hears to our complaints & shoutings for their own personal enrichment. Someone said foreigners are the people that pay bribes most in Nigeria. Imagine! Our leaders av successfully thrown us into modern slave trade with bribes and corruption. Now he blamed the percengers, but he refused to ask himself this ques-what if the so called percenger complained & govt agent turned deafen hears?; what if govt actually took action & the Dana told them made they’ve amendment but not?; why didn’t the staff that knew the craft was bad cant voice out but after the calamity? Answer to those ques revolve around our govt they av failed us. This not the 1st time. *angry* They refuse to manage the corruption in their camp. *hissed*

  6. D only reason u had guts to put up such useless article is bcos u didn’t loose a family member or evry member of ur family.now imagine d kids in dat craft.hw on earth ll u expect dem to complain?
    Pple lost all their family members my brother,so if u dnt hav wat to say take up ur pen and draw house,car,church jst anytin drawable instead of writting such rubbish

  7. HEY, CHRISTIAN OR WAT IS DAT UR NAME, WE ARE TALKING OF LOST LYF HERE ND U’RE TALKING OF SCH HERE OR ABI U MISS ROAD, U BETTER SHUT D 4UCK UP, 2DAT STUPID WRITER I JUST WISHED 1 OF UR FAMILY WERE IN DERE OR MAY BE ALL, DEN U WILL UNDERSTAND D FEELINGS OF THOSE PEOPLE ND POST SOMETHING REASONABLE LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  8. I want to say I have been flying Dana air since their inception. my experience sometimes ago while landing in abuja made me to think twice about flying Dana. the truth is that Dana management gambled with people’s life this time. How many Indians were in that flight? they have stopped flying Dana. in memory of all those innocent souls, all businesses managed by owners of Dana should be closed and let them go back to India. we do not need murders and ritualists in Nigeria. we have more than enough brother here. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

  9. Mr writer. . Are you saying the people are supposed to complain before Dana airline take corrective measures on a plane? Was it the passengers who reminded them to sell tickets? You are just being silly. .!!. . hmmmn. DANA AIRLINE ITS NOT FAIR.