Land encroachment threatens aircraft safety: Ghana’s aviation workers

Ghana's civil aviation workers have appealed to the government to get back lands earmarked for the installation of critical communication equipment to aid aviation safety.

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The staff said in a statement on Tuesday that the lands located at Adenta and Labadi, suburbs of the capital, meant to be developed into receiving and transmitting stations respectively, had been appropriated for residential purposes.

Kotoka International Airport (KIA)
Kotoka International Airport (KIA)
For this reason, it is likely they will be unable to provide air traffic services in the Accra Flight Information Region due to unavailability of land for the installation of vital safety equipment for communication, surveillance and other navigational aids, exposing Ghana’s air transport safety and security to vulnerability, according to the statement.

The statement said for months, an HF equipment purchased by civil aviation authority for installation to enhance communication, had been lying in the authority’s stores.

Engineers, it said, had been denied access to the site to make a preliminary preparation ahead of the arrival of their foreign counterparts on July 1.

“Our inability to install the HF equipment, as well as other navigational equipment at the site, will have a dire consequence on aviation safety in Accra airspace. The control of aircraft over the Oceanic is seriously being hampered by this unfortunate situation,” it said.

According to the workers, if the said land is not released for the installation of this vital equipment, the system may shut down and “we may not be able to provide Air Traffic Services over the ocean and other portions of the airspace”.

This, the statement said, would have safety and security implications for the country and the industry in general. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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