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Unsecured pilot seat may have led to ATR excursion at Accra

Posted 1 December 2017 · Add Comment

Premliminary investigations into the runway excursion at Accra's Kotoka airport by Starbow Airline's ATR 72-500 earlier this week suggest the captain's seat may have slipped during the takeoff run.

The aircraft, which had only been delivered to Starbow a couple of days before, had been travelling at around 70kt during its take-off roll.
According to the French investigation authority BEA, the Ghanaian investigatiors authority, beleive the unsecured captain's seat "suddenly moved [fully] backwards, violently, and shifted to the left". The captain had been controlling the aircraft's direction with the nose-wheel steering tiller at the time and as the seat suddenly moved, the captain inadvertently turned the tiller to the left and the aircraft skidded off the left side of the runway. The first officer retarded the power levers, according to BEA, and the aircraft came to a stop on rough ground by the perimeter fence.
The ATR sustained damage to components including its left-hand propeller blades and fuselage.

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