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Starbow suspends operations after ATR accident

African carrier Starbow Airlines has suspended all operations in the aftermath of the accident which damaged a newly-delivered ATR 72-500.

The aircraft suffered a runway excursion at Accra's Kotoka airport during take-off on a domestic service to Kumasi.

"Our operations have been suspended until further notice," Starbow chief executive James Eric Antwi tells FlightGlobal.

He says this is a result of the 25 November accident, without elaborating on the likely duration of the suspension.

None of the occupants of the ATR was seriously injured but the aircraft – which had only been delivered a couple of days earlier – sustained substantial damage after it veered off the runway.

Starbow had been planning to take delivery of a second ATR. The airline also operates a BAE Systems Avro RJ100.

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