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Starbow suspends flights after newly delivered ATR skids off runway

Posted 27 November 2017 · Add Comment

Ghana airline Starbow Airlines had “significant” damage to a newly delivered ATR 72-500 when it suffered a runway excursion on Saturday. The airline immediately suspended all operations.


The aircraft had just a few hours service with the carrier, having only been delivered on November 21.
According to Ghana’s Civil Aviation Authority, the aircraft – 9G-SBF- was on its takeoff run for the flight from Accra's Kotoka airport to Kumasi, some 200km north-west of the capital when it skidded off the runway.
Met reports show that there were thunderstorms in the vicinity at the time of the incident
It came to rest on rough ground after colliding with the perimeter fence.Local media images show damage to the fuselage and multiple blades on its left-hand Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127 engine.
Flight S9104 had 63 passengers on board. One of whom was the country’s deputy minister of energy who suggested that the storm had played its part. One passenger suffered minor injuries and was treated at hospital and released.
The 2007-built ATR 72-500 was orignally owned by India’s Kingfisher Airlines and subsequently by Portugalia and Pegasus.
 

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