Ethiopian Airlines plane ‘runway excursion’ incident in Ghana (+Photos)

An Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane traveling from Lome, Togo, to the neighboring Accra, Ghana, is said to have crash-landed this afternoon.

The incident is said to be “Runway excursion” which is is an incident involving only a single aircraft, where it makes an inappropriate exit from the runway.

According to The Aviation Herald:

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-400 freighter on behalf of Asky, registration ET-AQV performing flight KP-4030 from Lome (Togo) to Accra (Ghana) with 3 crew, landed on Accra’s runway 21 at 11:05L (11:05Z) but veered left off the runway and came to a stop with substantial damage to gear, nose section, right hand engine and right hand wing.

The three crew were taken to hospital with injuries of unknown degree.

The airport authority reported the aircraft skidded off the runway at 11:05L, all 3 crew members survived and have been taken to a hospital.

No weather are currently available, the local weatherstation as well as Metar are offline since Jan 6th 2015.

Ghana web reported:

An Ethiopian cargo plane overshot the runway at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Saturday afternoon, has gathered.

The three-member crew on board are currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

The development, according to our sources, caused massive panic among passengers at the airport.

A source within the tower-control room who confirmed the incident to said the situation, although normal, rarely happens in Ghana.

The cargo flight was traveling from Togo to Ghana.

Details emerging indicate that the accident was caused by bad weather.

Sahara Reporters‘s news says:

An Ethiopian Airways cargo plane from traveling from Lome, Togo to neighboring Accra, Ghana is said to have crash-landed at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

Ethiopian Airlines has one of best safety ratings in Africa Lodestar

Eyewitness accounts say the plane skidded off the runway in the process of landing at about 10:00 am local time on Saturday.

All three crew members said to have been on board cargo plane flight no. ETEQV survived the incident and are currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Bad weather is thought to have contributed to the crash landing incident although Ghanaian authorities have not confirmed this.

Ethiopian Airlines is top rated in Africa and has one of the continent’s best airline accident records. As of January 2014, the Aviation Safety Network has recorded 60 accidents/incidents totalling 322 fatalities since 1965.

This incident has prompted members of the public to begin asking questions on safety standards at the Kotoka International Airport. In 2012, a Nigerian Cargo plane skidded off the tarmac and run into a passenger vehicle killing about ten passengers.

According to The News Nigeria:

A cargo plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines skidded off the tarmac on landing in Ghana’s capital, Accra, on Saturday, the airports authority said.

The Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL) said in a statement that the incident happened at 11:05 am (1105 GMT) and involved a flight, ET AQV, travelling from the Togolese capital, Lome.

“The crew of three people on board the aircraft all survived the accident and are currently responding to treatment at 37 Military Hospital,” it added.

Operations at the airport were unaffected and flights were operating on schedule, the statement said.

Emergency teams including the fire service, police, military and civil aviation authority were sent to the scene.

“The cause of the accident is still unknown,” GCAL said.

Local media reports, however, said there was bad weather at the time caused by seasonal winds, which may have restricted visibility.

The plane was said to be a Boeing 737. Photographs on social media showed the jet with damage to its nose section, while the landing gear appeared to have buckled and at least one engine sheared off.


Photos below from the news sites mentioned above:-



 Photo - Ethiopian plane crashed in Accra, Ghana


Photo - Ethiopian cargo plane crashed in Ghana






Daniel Berhane

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