Dana Air – Nigeria
3 June 2012
Boeing/ McDonnell Douglas MD-83
On 3 June 2012, a Dana Air Boeing / McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft flying from Abuja, Nigeria, crashed in a suburb five miles north of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the capital city of Lagos. All 153 people on-board, and a number of people on the ground, were tragically killed.
The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), a not for profit organization in Lagos, provided assistance to families who had lost loved ones. With a lack of information from the accident investigation and the complex legal issues surrounding the case, the NLI invited Jim Morris to advise families at two Families’ Forums organised by the NLI. The first Forum was in Lagos in July 2012 and the second was in Abuja in August 2012. With his professional aviation expertise as a RAF pilot on large Boeing aircraft, Jim provided the families with specialist advice on the accident, the investigation, the law and the best litigation strategies. Subsequently, in December 2012, Jim was invited by the Nigeria Bar Association to present a lecture on international aviation litigation to Nigerian lawyers in Lagos.
Unfortunately, the Nigerian Aviation Authorities only published very brief preliminary reports that indicated a loss of power in both engines. Despite indications that a comprehensive final report would be published in 2016, the authorities did not publish a report.
Notwithstanding the absence of a final accident report, proceedings were filed in Florida, USA, and the High Court of Lagos, Nigeria. The actions alleged that Dana Air and the pilot of the aircraft were the primary parties liable for the accident.