Domestic Airline Starbow has debunked claims passengers aboard its Sunday flight to Accra were put in harm’sway.
A statement released by the airline says the Captain made the u-turn to Kumasi as a precautionary measure and quickly flew the passengers back to Accra after the weather conditions in Accra had improved considerably.
The statement was in reaction to a video in which passengers aboard the flight S9103 were heard praying fervently in the aircraft after it emerged the aircraft could not land.
The passengers were visibly shaken by the incident.
Watch the video
However, the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, James Eric Antwi, in the statement said the aircraft was not in danger at all.
The statement copied to Myjoyonline.com said the decision to return to Kumasi was in the interest of the safety of the passengers.
the following is the full statement ;
STARBOW’S SCHEDULED FLIGHT S9103 – 9th APRIL, 2017
Our attention has been drawn to information circulating in some of the local media in relation to an alleged incident which occurred on Sunday 9th April, 2017 in relation to Starbow’s scheduled flight S9103 en-route to Accra from Kumasi.
This scheduled flight S9103 airborne from Kumasi to Accra at 15:35 and on approaching destination, Accra, the weather changed resulting in a severe thunderstorm.
Suffice to add that, moderate turbulence which is consistent with the unstable weather condition was experienced during the flight.
Due to the change in the weather at the destination, the captain entered a holding pattern together with other aircraft that were also due to land in Accra, hoping for conditions to subside.
When conditions did not improve, the captain opted to fly back to Kumasi so they could return to Accra when conditions were better.
Due to this, the Captain decided to return to Kumasi as a safety precautionary measure and all the passengers were disembarked safely without any incident and the flight was not in any danger at all.
This sudden change in weather is consistent with the changing of the seasons and cannot certainly be anticipated.
Starbow apologizes to its cherished guests, especially those who were on its flight S9103 on Sunday 9th April, 2017, for any inconvenience this incident might have caused.
James Eric Antwi
Chief Executive Officer