Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Kotoka collision causes delays to incoming and outbound flights

Two aircraft collided at Katoka International Airport (KIA) on the evening of 4th October, causing a delay to incoming and outbound flights. According to reports, Lufthansa flight 567 and Turkish Airlines flight 624 clipped wings, as the latter attempted to taxi for take-off. No injuries were recorded.

Meeting representatives of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Airport Company at KIA on 5th October, Deputy Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor said, “The GCAA has set up investigations and they will be submitting a report to the ministry as early as possible. After that, we will forward it to the accident investigation board to do an in-depth investigation so that we'll take steps to forestall recurrence of such incidents."

Turkish Airlines only recently started flying to Accra, and the accident has raised questions about the ability of the airport to accommodate all the new airlines that are being licensed by the GCAA in the run-up to commercial oil production.

But Attivor disagreed that the accident could be the result of overcrowding, and said that a KIA expansion project is currently under way. KIA is reported to have one of the safest air corridors in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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