Ghana’s president John Mahama and his wife Lordina are safe and sound after a helicopter they were flying in from Sunyani en route to Kumasi embarked on “a precautionary landing” at Apatrapa – a suburb in Kumasi.
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has confirmed the incident and attributed the unplanned landing to “bad weather.”
Speaking to Starrfmonline.com on Saturday, the spokesperson of the GAF Lt. Col Aggrey Quarshie said “nothing happened to the helicopter and there was no injury. They were coming from Sunyani and made a precautionary landing due to bad weather. The First Family was later moved to Kumasi and brought back to Accra.”
According to reports, the helicopter landed about 100 metres away from the Apatrapa Government Hospital. The incident happened around 3.30 pm on Friday.
“While approaching Kumasi, a sudden storm with high winds closed in. As a precaution and in line with safety procedures, the helicopter crew landed safely on an open field. The first couple were evacuated by officers of the Central Command to the Residency in Kumasi,” an official statement from GAF read.
Mahama and his wife were returning to join the presidential jet at the Kumasi Airport after returning from the funeral of Cecilia Johnson’s mother.
The Mahamas have since returned to Accra.