Cargo jet hits van in Ghana, at least 10 dead

ACCRA Sun Jun 3, 2012 9:37am IST

Related Topics

Stocks

   

ACCRA (Reuters) - A cargo jet slammed into a minivan at Ghana's Accra airport on Saturday after overshooting the runway on landing, killing at least 10 people, airport officials said.

The Boeing (BA.N) 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 Mercedez van resulting in 10 confirmed fatalities," she said, adding all four crew of the aircraft 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 7 p.m. (1900 GMT), she said.

A Reuters witness saw a badly mangled minivan and ten bodies next to the crashed plane, which had parts of its wing and undercarriage torn off.

The airport perimeter wall near the road was smashed. Ambulances, police and military were at the scene.

A doctor at the airport medical clinic next to the runway said he heard "a loud bang and screeches" and then went outside, where he saw a plume of smoke rising from the accident site.

Operations at the airport remained normal with all flights on schedule, Fianko said. Officials did not say what the plane was carrying.

(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

GAZA CRISIS

WORLD SHOWCASE

U.S. defends Kerry

U.S. defends Kerry

U.S. officials defend Kerry from Israeli criticism.  Full Article 

Treaty Violated?

Treaty Violated?

U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks.  Full Article 

Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground

Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels.  Full Article 

Unifying CalL

Unifying Call

After Iraqi army crumbles, Maliki turns to state TV for help.  Full Article 

No Counter Action

No Counter Action

Lavrov says Russia will not respond in kind to Western sanctions.  Full Article 

Virus Outbreak

Virus Outbreak

Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died.  Full Article 

Ferry Disaster

Ferry Disaster

Associate of dead S.Korea ferry boss arrested, children due to give evidence.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage