A team from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was quickly dispatched to the accident scene to conduct preliminary investigations to ascertain the cause of the crash of Starbow Flight S9110 from Accra to Tamale in the early hours of Tuesday.
A Director of GCAA, Charles Twum, who disclosed this in a release, said the team would, among other things, gather information and collect the necessary samples to aid their fact-finding mission.
From afar, one could spot gas masks hanging in the plane while the frontend seats were on the bare runway and the front tires missing.
Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who was in Tamale, visited the scene at the airport to see at first-hand what had actually happened.
Although, there was no casualty or injury, some of the passengers told Xinhua they were traumatized.
“For a moment, I thought we were going to die. It’s so scary and people were shouting Allah. We thank God we are all safe,” Alhassan Dramani, a passenger told Xinhua.
James Eric Antwi, Chief Executive Officer of the airline, in a statement, said both the crew and passengers were disembarked safely via the stairs.
“We are still gathering the facts concerning the incident and Starbow is cooperating fully with the Authorities in charge,” Antwi said.
The Ghana Armed Forces have cordoned the accident scene to prevent people from tampering with any available facts relating to the incident.
Starbow was last month adjudged Airline of the Year 2014 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG). Enditem