Ethiopian Cargo plane crash-lands at KIA

After the crash of the Ethiopian Air CargoAN ETHIOPIAN cargo aircraft from Lome skidded off the runway while landing at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra on Saturday.

No death was recorded. The three-man crew on board the cargo plane, Flight ET-AQV, who sustained minor injuries, were treated and discharged yesterday from the 37 Military Hospital.

The Manager, Corporate Communications at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Eric Mireku Amaning, who confirmed the accident to The Ghanaian Times, said the cause of the accident was yet to be established adding that the GCAA had initiated a preliminary investigation into it.

He said that some officials of the Ethiopian Airline would arrive in the country today for full scale investigation to commence.

Narrating how the incident happened Mr Amaning said the flight touched the tarmac at 11:05 am, but skidded off the runway thereafter.

He said the crew sustained minor bruises and were treated at the 37 Military Hospital.

He said although the Authority was yet to come out with its findings, it would be premature to attribute the accident to poor weather, because KIA had an instrument landing system it used to assist pilots to make safe landings during poor weather conditions.

“There were flights that landed safely before the accident. After the accident, other flights also landed, so it will be difficult to attribute the accident to poor weather,” he said.

Mr Amaning said the accident had not affected flight operations at KIA and that all flight schedules had been ongoing since it occurred.

Notwithstanding the incident, he said traveling by air was still the safest means of transport and urged the public not to hesitate to travel by air, especially through the KIA.

By Yaw Kyei

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