Allied Air Crash Was Due To Human Error

Allied-Air-Crash-in-AccraThe June 2, 2012 air crash involving Allied Air, a Nigerian aircraft at the Kotoka International Airport, was due to human error and not mechanical.

This was contained in an 85-page report presented to the minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor in Accra yesterday by the chairman of the five member committee, Capt. Alec Grant Sam, who told the minister that though there was communication between the crew and the control tower of the Kotaka International Airport, the pilot miscalculated the landing point and landed some feet ahead.

The plane, according to the chairman, instead of landing  1,000 feet which was at the tip of the runway landed at 400 feet thus hitting the airport fence wall.
Additionally, he said the flight landed at 154 knot, 4000 feet and 1.6 g which was too high a speed for landing.

According to him, the flight was moving at 150km/h which was too high for an aircraft to land and that resulted in the crash, adding that besides, it rained that day making it difficult for the pilot to stop as the runway was slippery.
Capt. Sam indicated that the accident could not be attributed to unconducive environment at the airport, in that just after the incident, two aircrafts — KLM and British Airways — landed without any difficulty.

He said the committee submitted a copy of the draft report to the manufacturers of the aircraft, Boeing aircraft Company NTSB in the United States, for analysis and input but it was later realized that the report had gone astray (that is goten missing).

That, he said delayed the release of the final report though the committee was set just after the incident to investigate the cause and come out with some recommendations.

He said per the rules of Civil Aviation, any accident involving an aircraft, it was mandatory that the report of the findings has to be sent to the manufacturers and owners of the aircraft and where it was registered, adding that a copy of the report was yet to be sent to the Minister of Aviation of Nigeria to decide on what action to take.

Capt. Sam said, as part of the investigation process, the committee interviewed a number of witnesses including a hairdresser who was driving on Opel car, whose account was that her vehicle suddenly developed a fault at the El-Wak traffic intersection and she found it difficult to start.

According to the witness, a 207 Benz bus passenger truck (tro-tro) from the direction of 37 Station by-passed her towards Burma Camp and crashed into the aircraft resulting in the death of 10 people including the driver.
The report according to Capt Sam, among other things, recommended that a barricade be erected at the end of the runway to check the further movement of any aircraft in the event of any eventuality.

The Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, said his outfit was yet to receive the report on the findings, and that they were expected to come out with an executive summary of the report, noting that the report was expected to be in the public domain after approval by the Minister of Transport.

The Minister, Mrs. Attivor, commended the committee for its work and said for their work the report and recommendations would be studied thoroughly, together with GCAA, for the needed actions to be taken.
She noted that accident investigations were not meant to penalize persons but to help put appropriate measures in place and expressed her condolences to the bereaved families.

Other members of the team are Messrs Eric Ewusie, an Aviation Inspector of GCAA; Nana Lotsu-Barlow, former Air Traffic Controller with GCAA; Ben Sakpaku, former Deputy Air Traffic Controller of GCAA; Benjamin Asare Buotu, an Aeronautical Engineer and a former Director of Safety, GCAA. – Francis Asamoah Tuffour and Rabiatu Paterah

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