Monday, July 15, 2013

Allied Air Cargo Plane Crash: Ghana to seek compensation

Ghana will seek compensation for the destruction caused by the Allied Air Cargo plane that overshot the runway of the Kotoka International Airport last year, officials say.

The Allied Air Boeing 727-200 (DHV 111) on June 2, 2012 landed at the Airport but overun into the Instrument Landing System Localiser Bars, destroying the airport's wall and crashing to death 10 persons - nine passengers of a 207 Benz bus and one motor rider.

The final report, which is expected to be presented to the Government of Nigeria, was made public on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at a meeting with journalists in Accra.

Addressing journalists, Captain Alex Grant Sam, the Chairman of a five-member committee commissioned to find out the cause, blamed the accident on human error.

He was categorical in explaining that the crew of the aircraft, carrying cosmetic products from Nigeria, failed to touch down at the stipulated 1,500 feet from the runway.

Initial reports had blamed the accident on bad weather as it was raining then.

The report recommended that the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) takes immediate steps to construct a barrier at the end of the runway.

Capt. Sam noted that Ghana is not in a position to take action against Allied Air though a copy will also be made available to them.

The report has been presented to government for further studies.

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