4 June 2012

Ghana: Investigations Begin Into Plane Crush - As Another Crashes in Nigeria

Barely 24 hours after an Allied Air cargo plane skidded off the runway at the Kotoka International Airport, the government has inaugurated a five-member committee to investigate the cause of the accident.

The Boeing 727-200, with registration 5NBJN en route from Lagos via Accra to Abidjan, was said to have landed in a pool of water before overshooting the runway, tearing through the airport fence and crashing two cars on a nearby street close to the El-wak stadium.

Ten people have been confirmed dead in the accident, but the four crew members survived the accident and are currently receiving treatment at the Airport Clinic.

The committee, which is chaired by Captain Alex Grant, has Mr. Ben Boutu, ex-Director, Safety Regulation, Mr. Ben Sakpaku, ex-GCAA Deputy Director, Safety Regulation, Mr. Eric Ewusi, Safety Regulation, and Mr. Kenneth Kofi Kwawukume, ex-Deputy Director, Air Traffic Services, as its members.

The committee was inaugurated by the Minister of Transport, Mr. Collins Dauda, on Sunday. The committee has, however, been tasked to submit its report on the incident within 30 days.

Earlier, the President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills, who visited the accident scene on Sunday, sympathised with the bereaved families, and has assured them that the government would provide the necessary support needed to carry out a successful investigation into the incident.

"My condolences to those affected by this. I hear so far 10 persons have lost their lives. I'm happy we've been able to take care of the situation at this time," he said.

"I want to commend you for spending some time which you could have used for some other things. It's not easy, but I know that you are in control and will find solutions," the President told the security men detailed at the crash site.

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