General News of Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
Poor visibility resulting from bad weather condition was a contributory factor to the crash of the Ethiopian Air cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on January 10, a report of a committee tasked to investigate the incident has said.
In its preliminary report presented to the Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, in Accra yesterday, the Ethiopian Air Cargo Plane Accident Investigation Committee did not, however, state the leading cause of the accident.
The 16-page report only cited poor visibility due to the weather as a contributory factor.
The Chairman of the committee, Captain Samuel Thompson, who handed the report over to the minister, said the final report would be ready by May, this year.
A Boeing 737 400 Ethiopian Airline aircraft with registration number ET-AQV and operated by ASKY from Lomé to Accra, skidded off the runway on January 10, 2015, resulting in extensive damage to the aircraft.
The three-member crew was taken to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra for treatment.
Following the accident, the Ministry of Transport set up a seven-member committee to investigate the cause and produce its findings in 30 days.
Captain Thompson said the interim report, among others, contained information on the state of the aircraft, the manufacturing date, the time of the accident and other details that would be analysed.
“This document contains the raw findings discovered by the committee. It will be analysed and carefully studied with all the agencies involved before we come out with the official report,” he said.
According to Captain Thompson, who is also a pilot, a copy of the preliminary report would also be submitted to the owners of the aircraft for them to review it, before the final copy is released. “This will take between three and six months,” he added.
Mrs Attivor commended the committee for the timely submission of the preliminary report and said “now that we have the preliminary report, we will study it and wait for the final one.”
“We will carefully analyse the report and work towards the next steps to take,” she added.