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GCAA questions crashed Ethiopian airline crew today

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) will later today question the 3 crew members on board the Ethiopian cargo aircraft, ET-AQV, that crash landed on Saturday January 10, 2015 at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra.

Although no casualties were recorded, the aircraft was severely damaged with its engines totally falling out and the aircraft lying completely on its belly. It's wings were also damaged.

Initial reports indicated that the aircraft skidded off the runway when it touched down. Speaking in an interview with TV 3, acting Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Abdulai Alhassan said "we have made arrangements to interrogate the crew members on Monday to find out what happened.

"They were immediately rushed to the 37 military hospital for treatment, and they have been discharged so, hopefully, on Monday we will speak interview them so we know what happened."

Questioned why the authority will wait till Monday to interrogate the crew members, Mr. Alhassan said "well they just had a crash and are mentally distraught so we just want them to fully recover and then we can speak to them to get the details of what happened."

There are conflicting figures as to whether the crew members were 3 or 2, which was earlier reported by the Ghana Airport Company.

The current harmattan weather is being blamed as the cause of the accident, but this has been dismissed by the GCAA boss.

Saturday's crash is the second of such airline accidents recorded in Ghana. The first was a Nigerian cargo airline which overshot the runway, crashing into a wall and hitting a passenger bus on the street near the airport.

About 10 people perished in that accident.

Credit: tv3network.com

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