Starbow crash : GCAA ‘ignored’ directive on pilot seats – Safety Bureau

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has said the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is partly responsible for the Starbow crash which occurred at the Kotoka International Airport some months ago.

The crash, which resulted in five minor injuries occurred after the aircraft skidded off the runway during its take-off run.

The Bureau, in a statement, indicated that the incident could have been prevented if “an earlier airworthiness of directive regarding the seats of the pilots and co-pilot were implemented.”

It further pointed out that it found it extremely “worrying” that investigators, having established “evidence-based and unambiguous violation on the part of the GCAA still went ahead to fault only Starbow and the flight crew without any recommendations whatsoever for the regulator.”

“The BPS believes this action of the investigation team leaves air traffic and passenger safety in Ghana’s aviation industry in grave danger,” the statement.

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