C’ttee set up to investigate Ethiopian cargo plane’s crash

Mrs. Dzifa Attivor(second fromThe Minister of Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor, yesterday inaugurated a seven-member committee in Accra to investigate the circumstances that led to the crash landing of an Ethiopian cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) last Saturday.

The committee which has 30-days to submit its initial report, is mandated to establish the cause of the accident, determine the extent of injuries and ascertain the extent of loss or damage to property.

Other terms of reference of the committee include the consideration of issues relevant to safety at the airport, and to make recommendations to forestall any such future occurrences.

The committee is also empowered to co-opt expertise from local and international groups to assist in the investigation process.

Mrs. Attivor said the establishment of the committee was “in accordance with Ghana Civil Aviation Act 678 and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) processes in the conduct of aircraft accident investigation”.

She expressed the hope that “the committee members have the requisite experience in the aviation industry and will therefore, carry out a thorough investigation with recommendations that will enhance safety within our airspace,” and called for co-operation from all stakeholders to facilitate the work of the committee.

The committee members are Captain Samuel Thompson, (Chairman), Ben Asare Buotu, a retired Safety Inspector, Kenneth Kwakume, a retired Air Traffic Controller and Amos Narh, a retired staff of the Ghana Meteorological Service.

The rest are Chris Quaye, a retired Director of Airport Operations, Josephine Nkrumah, a legal expert and Wing Commander Joseph Adu Gyamfi of the Ghana Air Force.

Captain Samuel Thompson on behalf of the committee, expressed appreciation to the Minister for the confidence reposed in them saying, “On behalf of the committee, we accept this duty and the role that has been given. It will be carried out with due diligence to ensure that we come out with the factual and true report of the accident”.

The committee, he said, would endeavour to work within the terms of reference and within the regulations of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, regarding accident investigations and by the standards of the ICAO.

“The purpose of the investigation, is not to apportion blame but to find the root-cause of the accident, so that we can prevent further aviation accidents,” he said.

The Ethiopian flight ET-AQV, last Saturday skidded off the runway after landing at the KIA with no death recorded. There were three crew members on board.

By Julius Yao Petetsi      

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