Ghana Plane Crash: Minister inaugrates fact finding, Atta Mills visits accident scene

An Allied Air of Nigeria cargo plane carrying DHL cargoes crashlanded at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra yesterday killing 10 bus passengers on the ground.

BREAKING NEWS: GHANA

Ghana’s Minister of Transport, Collins Dauda has inaugurated a five member committee tasked to establish the cause of the Saturday’s plane crash in Accra.

Ghana Plane Crash: Allied Air Nigeria, Boeing 727
Flight DHV 111 flying a Boeing 727 cargo plane was attempting to land at the Kotoka Interantional Airport when it overran the runway crashing into a packed passenger bus. (Photo: Christian Thompson in Accra)

According to Multi TV’s Joojo Cobbinah who was at the inauguration, the committee has been given 30 days to present their findings.

He added the task of the committee chaired by Captain Alex Grant Sam, include the extent of the damage and also the cause of the accident that claimed ten lives.

Eight of the deceased have been identified and the Minister of Transport further revealed he will pay a visit to the bereaved families and give them the needed support.

Meanwhile Police have asked the public who might have lost a relation to come the Airport Police for the identification of the victims.

According to Superintendent Fosu Ackah Anderson of the Airport District Police, people suspecting to have lost a relation should desist from going to the morgue but rather call on the Airport Police Station where they would be guided through the identification process.

No less than 10 people died after an Allied Air cargo plane skidded off the runway at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra Saturday evening and ran into a 207 Benz bus on a nearby road and shredded it and its passengers into pieces.

The plane crashed through metal railings and a concrete wall at the airport before sweeping the commercial bus off the 37 Military Hospital – Burma Camp road at the El Wak Stadium and ended up at the Hajj Village.

Meanwhile, President John Atta Mills on Sunday morning visited the scene of accident of a Boeing 727 cargo plane that crashed at the Hajj Village near the El Wak Stadium in Accra, reported to have so far claimed 12 lives.

He expressed sympathy to the bereaved families of the passengers on the 207 Mercedes Benz that was mangled by the back tyres of the flight and others, including military officer, who lost their lives in melee.

Four people out of the 12 dead have been identified as Gideon Ansah Kumi, 19, a final year student of Harvard Senior High School At Accra New Town; George Osei, 33, Driver of the 207 bus; Kwame Boadu, 24, the mate; and Evans Tabariyeng 34, passenger on board.

The bodies have been deposited at the 37 Military Hospital Mortuary in Accra.

All four crew members on the cargo plane were safely evacuated and are receiving treatment at Airport Clinic.

The Nigerian Cargo Plane Crash In Ghana
According to reports, Nigerian pilots Captain Afegbua, Braimoh and Flight Engineer Adeosun survived the crash and are currently hospitalized in Accra. (Photo: AfricanSpotlight)

Eyewitnesses said the flight was attempting to land at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Saturday, but slammed into the bus loaded with passengers on a nearby street and claimed the lives of all the 10 passengers on the bus.

The Kotoka International Airport is located near newly built high-rise buildings and hotels. Witnesses said the plane first smashed through the fence that runs around the airport before hitting the bus.

Security agents, including police and soldiers quickly cordoned off the neighbourhood where the plane crashed.

Airport officials said the plane, an Allied (Air) Cargo travelling from Nigeria to Ghana, over-shot the runway and went off onto the roadside.

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Credit: GhanaWeb

Photo: AfricanSpotlight

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