Ghana’s presidential aircraft catches fire at Kotoka International Airport

3 March 2015 (Last Updated March 3rd, 2015 18:30)

The presidential jet of Ghana that was headed to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, caught fire during take off at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

The presidential jet of Ghana that was headed to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, caught fire during take off at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

A statement released by the director of public relations of Ghana's Armed Forces, Lieutenant Commander Andy La-Anyane said that friction between the wheels and runway surface led to the fire in the Falcon 900.

However, no information regarding casualties or the people in the aircraft was provided.

"During the second run for take-off, the aircraft lost two main left wheels but in spite of the severe veering of the aircraft to the left."

The Presidential aircraft was supposed to leave for a special mission to Malabo-Equatorial Guinea. However, on departure, the crew faced some operational problems in the computer system.

Following the technical glitch, the aircraft had to head back to the air force base in Accra to reset the computers.

Explaining the incident, the statement read: "During the second run for take-off, the aircraft lost two main left wheels but 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. Preliminary investigations indicate the fire was caused as a result of friction between the wheels and the runway surface. Special Occurrence Report has been sent to the Air Force Headquarters and a special investigation team is being composed."

The Kotoka International airport is the country's premier airport and is operated by the Ghana Airports Company.