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Nigerian airline back in air after 2nd suspension

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March 18, 2013 07:38 PM EST | AP


LAGOS, Nigeria — An aviation official says a Nigerian airline can resume flying, after being grounded twice in the past year.

Nigerian aviation ministry spokesman Joe Obi said in a statement late Monday that aviation authorities have lifted the suspension imposed Saturday on Dana Air with immediate effect.

Obi said, however, that a Dana Air plane which experienced problems over the weekend would remain grounded.

Dana Air had only been flying for three months after being grounded because of a serious air crash last year. The airline was grounded for seven months following the crash on June 3, 2012, which killed more than 160 people.

The tragedy, which killed all aboard and others on the ground, brought Nigeria's aviation industry under increased scrutiny.