Allied Air Cargo 727 crashes in Ghana

Washington DC
This story is sourced from Pro
See more Pro news »

Ghana has set up a five-member investigation committee to determine why an Allied Air Cargo Boeing 727-200 freighter overran the runway at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on 2 June, according to government news site.

Ghana's minister for transportation Alhaji Collins Dauda said the committee led by Captain Alec Grant Sam will determine the cause of the accident and learn the extent of injuries, fatalities and damage.

Dauda has given the committee a 30-day deadline to provide an update to the government.

The Ascend online database shows that the aircraft, with Nigerian civil registration 5N-BJN, is owned by Allied Air Cargo, was built in 1982 and powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines.

The aircraft was flying from Lagos, Nigeria to Accra, Ghana. DHL confirms that Nigeria-based operator Allied Air Cargo was transporting its shipments on this flight under contract as a third-party airline.

A 3 June press release from the office of Ghana's president John Atta Mills says that the incident has caused 12 known fatalities. Four crew members on the flight survived the landing and received medical treatment after the crash.

Eyewitnesses reported the aircraft breaking through a fence and then proceeding to crash into a bus on a nearby street. The release reports that 10 passengers on that bus were killed.