Presidential Jet catches fire at kotoka – Ghanaian Chronicle

Ghanaian Presidential Jet caught fire on Tuesday while attempting to take off at the Kotoka International Airport. The aircraft was bound for Equatorial Guinea, Starr News reports. The Presidential aircraft, Falcon 900, was tasked to perform a special mission at Malabo today, March 3, 2015. This occurred on Tuesday when it attempted a second take-off at the Kotoka International Airport after a failed first attempt.

This was confirmed by the Ghana Armed Forces in a statement signed by Lt. Commander Andy La-Anyane, a Deputy Director in charge of information and communication for the Ghana Armed Forces.

Narrating how the incident occurred, the Ghana Armed Forces observed that on departure from the Kotoka International Airport, the crew experienced slight operational problems with the computer system. As a result, the aircraft returned to the Air Force Base in Accra to reset the computers.”

“The Presidential aircraft, Falcon 900, was tasked to perform a special mission to Malabo-Equatorial Guinea on Monday March 3. On departure from the Kotoka International Airport, the crew experienced slight operational problems with the computer system.

As a result, the aircraft returned to the Air Force Base in Accra to reset the computers” the statement added.

It went on further to state that “during the second run for take-off, the aircraft lost two main left wheels.

In spite of the severe veering of the aircraft to the left, they managed to slow and successfully turned off the runway without veering into the shoulders of the runway. The aircraft stopped successfully.”

“It was observed however that the left wheels were on fire. Emergency procedures were followed with the disembarkation of the passengers and the fighting of the fire.