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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

John Jinapor: It Was A ‘Near-Death’ Experience


John Jinapor, Spokesperson for the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, has confirmed reports that the recently commissioned presidential jet, en route to Burkina Faso over the weekend with the Second Gentleman and other distinguished personalities on board, had to make an emergency landing in a city called Kufra in Libya.
Narrating the incident in an interview on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, John Jinapor said the pilot detected some glitch in the engine of the jet whiles in Libyan airspace, hence the emergency landing.
The pilot of the Falcon 900 presidential jet had to touchdown on a Libyan airstrip to avert a possible disaster. Also on board the aircraft, were Soccer Maestro and a business magnate Abedi Pele, and member of the Council of State, Alhaji Asuma Banda.
Mr. Jinapor, who described the incident as a ‘near-death’ experience, further recounted that the pilot discovered that there was something unusual about the circulation of oil in the jet’s three engine and therefore reduced the altitude at which the aircraft was flying as the first line of precaution.
According to him, he and virtually everybody on board the aircraft, became panicky at the jet’s unscheduled descent.
The Falcon 900Ex Easy is a sleek executive equipment with a maximum take-off weight of 21,900kg, maximum speed of 370 Nauts and operating altitude of 51,000ft.
It was purchased by the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to replace the Fokker 28 which was christened the ‘flying coffin’.
Meanwhile, peacefmonline is reliable informed that the Falcon 900 presidential jet is still grounded in Libya, three days after it developed a technical fault leading to the emergency touchdown.

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