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Nigeria lifts suspension of airline after crash

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government has decided to allow domestic airline Dana Air to fly again, three months after a crash involving one of its planes killed more than 160 people.

The nation's Aviation Ministry announced the decision in a short statement released late Wednesday. The ministry said the decision "follows the government's satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline."

Tony Usidamen, a spokesman for the private airline, declined to comment Wednesday, saying Dana officials had yet to be notified about the government's decision.

On June 3, a Dana MD-83 aircraft slammed into a residential neighborhood about five miles north of Murtala Muhammed International Airport while trying to land.

A preliminary investigation suggests both of the plane's engines failed while in flight. The government suspended the airline's operating license immediately after the crash.

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