Nigerian Cargo plane crashes on landing in Ghana-Aljazeera

Nigerian freight jet slams into minivan after overshooting runway in Accra, killing at least 10 people.

A   cargo plane has crashed while attempting to land at an airport in Ghana’s   capital, slamming into cars and a bus loaded with passengers on a nearby   street and killing at least 10 people, officials said.

The   crash on Saturday night happened in Accra near the Kotoka International   Airport, which sits near newly built high-rise buildings, hotels and the   country’s defence ministry.

Al   Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege said that witnesses had described the aircraft   smashing through the airport perimeter fence before hitting the bus.

At   least 10 people were killed in the crash, all in vehicles on the road struck   by the plane, said Billy Anaglate, a spokesman for the Ghana Fire Service.

Ambulances   took the injured to nearby hospitals.

The   Boeing 727-200 was operated by Nigerian cargo airline Allied Air, Doreen   Owusu Fianko, managing director of Ghana Airport Company, told reporters.

“The   aircraft collided with a mini Mercedes van resulting in 10 confirmed   fatalities,” she said, adding that all four crew of the aircraft had   survived the accident.

The   plane had taken off from Lagos, Nigeria, but failed to stop at the end of the   runway after it touched down at Accra’s Kotoka airport just after 19:00 GMT,   she said.

The   area is near to El-Wak Sports Stadium and Hajj Village, where Muslims in the   country stay before they journey to Mecca.

Local   television showed images of the plane lying across a road with its tail   damaged as the flight crew jumped off and received help from emergency   responders.

Ghana,   a nation of more than 25 million in West Africa, has not had a major airplane   crash in recent years.

The   last air emergency the country had was in June 2006, when a TAAG Linhas   Aereas De Angola flight to Sao Tome hit birds during takeoff.

The   plane landed safely and none of the 28 people onboard were injured.


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