GCAA grounds Starbow (Back page)

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has grounded the operations of Starbow, a local airline, following a crash involving one of its aircraft that resulted in the injury of two people.

The decision is to allow the GCAA to conduct checks on the company’s aircraft to determine whether or not they are air worthy.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Joyce Bawa Mogtari, said investigations into the incident were expected to be completed by next  Tuesday.
One of the tyres of the Starbow plane burst after the emergency landing at the KIA
One of the tyres of the Starbow plane burst after the emergency landing at the KIA

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has grounded the operations of Starbow, a local airline, following a crash involving one of its aircraft that resulted in the injury of two people.

The decision is to allow the GCAA to conduct checks on the company’s aircraft to determine whether or not they are air worthy.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Joyce Bawa Mogtari, said investigations into the incident were expected to be completed by next  Tuesday.
Mrs Mogtari told Joy FM that the ministry’s main concern was the safety of passengers, adding, “This is a safety issue. It is about the safety of passengers and the safety of carriers.”

Ghana has a relatively high safety record, and to keep that record intact, the deputy minister said the ministry had advised the GCAA to go back and undertake very serious checks on the engines of the aircraft.


Some of Ghana’s air crashes 

April 24, 1969
A  Douglas C-47A 9G-AAF crashed on approach to the Takoradi Airport, killing one passenger out of the 33 passengers and crew.

The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled passenger flight from the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

June 2000
A Ghana Airlink F27-600 crashed at the KIA while landing during a heavy rainstorm.

The aircraft reportedly touched down nose first and the fuselage broke into two. Six of the 52 occupants were killed.

The aircraft was being operated by the Ghana Air Force as a civil airline flight.

June 2, 2012
 A cargo jet crashed into a minibus at the KIA after overshooting the runway on landing, killing at least 10 people.

August 20, 2013
Antrak Air escaped a near-fatal crash after one of its flights from Tamale to Accra caught  fire mid air.

May 9, 2014
Disaster struck when a helicopter carrying eight people crashed into the sea about 20 nautical miles off the coast of Takoradi, killing four of them.

The passengers were being transported to the Reon Jack, a new oil rig contracted by Lukoil that had arrived in the country to commence appraisal and development of oil discoveries.

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