Crashed cargo jet landed in a pool of water – Ghana

Channels Television  
Updated June 3, 2012

A cargo jet, Boeing 727-200, operated by Nigerian cargo airline Allied Air, slammed into a minivan at Ghana’s Accra airport on Saturday after overshooting the runway on landing,  killing at least 10 people, airport officials said.

However, Ghanaian authorities on Sunday said the Nigerian cargo jet landed in a pool of water during heavy rains before overshooting the runway at Ghana’s Accra airport on Saturday.

According to Doreen Owusu Fianko, managing director of Ghana Airport Company, “…What we know for now is that it was raining at the time and the plane landed in a pool of water and that created some challenges to the pilot…the plane had taken off from Lagos, Nigeria, but failed to stop at the end of the runway after it touched down at Accra’s Kotoka airport just after 7 p.m. (1900 GMT)”

All four crew, including two pilots survived the crash. “They are all in good health and are receiving treatment at the clinic,” Fianko said.

In the meantime, investigation into the plane crash is still going on.

Saturday’s crash was the first in decades in Ghana whose airspace has a fairly high safety record, compared with other countries in the West Africa region.