Downed Dana Air MD-83's Troubled Past


The Dana Air MD-83 that went down in Lagos Sunday reportedly had a troubled history. Data compiled by the Aviation Safety Network lists the airframe as having been involved in at least three other notable--but seemingly unrelated--incidents in its 21-year service life. 

On April 19, 2010, the aircraft, operating as 5N-MAR for Dana Air, struck a flock of birds on takeoff from Lagos and returned to the airport. Investigators fingered a flock of eagrets for causing the damage, the Aviation Herald reported.

On August 20, 2006, the aircraft, operating as N944AS with Alaska Airlines, was evacuated due to smoke in the cabin following an arrival at Long Beach. The NTSB traced the smoke to damaged wire bundles that triggered arcing.

On November 4, 2002, the same aircraft was diverted due to smoke in the cabin later traced to an overheated light ballast, Aviation Safety Network reported.

The aircraft was delivered to Alaska Airlines on November 13, 1990, according to Aviation Safety Network. After spending some time parked in Victorville, the plane re-entered service with Dana Air in early 2009.

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