UPDATE 2-Nigeria grounds Dana Air after deadly crash

Tue Jun 5, 2012 4:59pm GMT

* Dana Air crash killed all 153 people on board

* No fault with crashed plane, Nigerian airline says

* Investigators still don't know what caused crash in Lagos

By Tim Cocks and Camillus Eboh

LAGOS/ABUJA, June 5 (Reuters) - Nigeria's government has suspended the air licence of Dana Air, two days after 153 people died in the country's worst airline disaster for 20 years, the aviation ministry said on Tuesday.

Dana Air said the plane had experienced no mechanical faults prior to it crashing into an apartment building in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos on Sunday afternoon.

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning starting from Monday for the victims.

"The Federal Government has suspended immediately and indefinitely the operational licence of Dana Air for safety precautionary reasons," Joe Obi, spokesman for the minister of aviation, said by telephone.

The privately owned Dana Air flight, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, burst into flames on impact, killing everyone on board, as well as at least two people on the ground - a woman clutching her baby.   Continued...

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