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DANA Air Crash Investigators Assess Possible Fuel Contamination

By on June 15, 2012

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have shed their spotlight on the Jet Fuel used by the ill-fated Dana air craft and Dana’s airline in general in order to determine if contaminated fuel was the reason the dual engines failed.

The investigators are conducting checks on the aviation fuel also known as Jet A1 as part of routine investigations and also because contaminated fuel has been found to be responsible for similar accidents in the past.

AIB spokesman, Tunji Oketumbi confirmed the report, stating that the joint-team of Nigerian and US investigators were focusing on several and not just one particular cause.

He said, “It is part of the normal routine process in accident investigation. We collect samples of fuel. We go to the Control Tower to collect the tapes there; we go to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to collect records of the aircraft, the crew and the planes’ maintenance schedules.

“We also go to the airlines to collect various documents, as well as conduct tests on certain things. So, they are all part of the routine things in accident investigation.”

The investigators have run several unsatisfactory tests which may be due to the inadequate testing facilities in Nigeria. Samples may be sent to the United States in order to get satisfactory results.

It is highly suspected that the fuel was contaminated due to the fact that both engines failed, wit fuel being the only common denominator the two separate engines share in common.