Cargo plane crashes in Kotoka International Airport, Accra-Ghana

Channels Television  
Updated June 2, 2012

A cargo plane attempting to take off from Ghana’s capital crashed Saturday night, slamming into a bus loaded with passengers on a nearby street, witnesses said. Police would not confirm if anyone had been injured reports Associated Press.

The crash happened Saturday night in Accra at the Kotoka International Airport, which sits near newly built high-rise buildings, hotels and the country’s Defense Ministry. Witnesses said the plane first smashed through the fence that runs around the buildings before hitting the bus.

An official at the airport’s control tower declined to comment when reached Saturday night, saying no one was available to discuss the crash. Police officials also refused to immediately comment.

Witnesses said the plane was labeled as belonging to Allied Cargo. A telephone number for the company could not be immediately found.

Ghana, a nation of more than 25 million in West Africa, has not had a major airplane crash in recent years.

In June 2006, a Boeing from Angola’s national airline had an emergency landing at the airport after it struck a bird.