The ill-fated Dana MD83 aircraft that lifted, crashed and killed all 153 persons on board, as well as some more on the ground, only underwent a 12 minute maintenance check before it was given the green light to take flight, the Lagos coroner heard on Monday.
A maintenance officer with Dana Airline, Lawrence Edekome, told Coroner Oyetade Komolafe of the light maintenance schedule before flight 992 made its way from Abuja to Lagos on Sunday, June 3.
Edekome said he had flown on the plane earlier on that Sunday when the aircraft had flown from Lagos to Abuja where he carried out the last check to give a clearance for the Lagos journey. of the crashed aircraft before Coroner Oyetade Komolafe, especially on its trip from Abuja to Lagos, said it underwent a check before its final departure to Lagos, where the engines were certified okay to embark on the journey.
He said he left Lagos to Abuja with the ill-fated plane, from where he carried out a last check to give a clearance for the Lagos journey.
Edekome told the judge, according to the Vanguard: “I arrived Abuja around 2pm and I went straight to my office to drop my luggage and came back 25 minutes later to inspect the aircraft for 12 minutes.”
He further revealed that he was not a trained engineer, but a technician who had necessary training to handle aircraft maintenance.