The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says officials of the Ethiopian Cargo Airline are currently in Accra to help in the ongoing investigations. According to the GCAA the operators of the cargo aircraft say they are interested in finding out the cause of the accident which occurred at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra last Saturday.
The cargo aircraft ? Flight ET-AQV ? travelling from Lome to Accra skidded off the runway of the airport on landing. There are speculations that the accident was due to the harmattan which is causing poor visibility.
Speaking on the Citi Business News the acting Director-General of the GCAA, Abdulai Alhassan said even though investigations are ongoing, the two teams are poised to find the cause of the accident.
?Right now what I can say is that investigation is underway and as at Saturday we spoke to the three crew members as part of our investigation and also to encourage them. Number two the officials from Togo are in town and we will meet with them on collaborations on the investigations.?
What we have done is to cordon off the aircraft where it has landed so nobody can go there so that we know what to do after our meeting with the officials from Togo.
Meanwhile this is the second time in recent years that a cargo aircraft had crash-landed at the KIA. On June 2, 2012, a Boeing 727-200 cargo plane, operated by Allied Air of Nigeria, over-shot the runway and crushed into a minibus on the El-Wak-Burma Camp road, killing 10 passengers including the driver.
Norvan Acquah – Hayford