The Presidential jet of Ghana caught fire Tuesday morning whilst taking off at the Kotoka International Airport to Equatorial Guinea on a presidential mission, Starr News can confirm.
According to reliable sources at Ghana’s premier international Airport, there were no injuries.
The Ghana Armed Forces confirmed the occurrence hours after Starrfmonline.com had broken the news.
According to a statement signed by Lt. Commander Andy La-Anyane, a Deputy Director in charge of information and communication for the GAF, no government official or President John Mahama was on board the jet.
According to the statement, the fire was as a “result of friction between the wheels and the runway surface… it was observed however that the left wheels were on fire.”
“The Presidential aircraft, Falcon 900, was tasked to perform a special mission to Malabo-Equatorial Guinea on Monday March 3. On departure from the Kotoka International Airport, the crew experienced slight operational problems with the computer system.
“As a result, the aircraft returned to the Air Force Base in Accra to reset the computers,” the statement added. “During the second run for take-off, the aircraft lost two main left wheels.”
It added: “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.
“Fire extinguishers on board were used to bring the situation under control. Fire tenders from the Air Force Base and that of the main airport also arrived immediately to assist in putting off the fire completely.
“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 statement added.
The presidential jet developed a fault on December 5, 2014 when President John Mahama was leaving the Ashanti region to celebrate the Farmer’s Day in Sefwi Wiawso in the Western region.