Mamghana From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
NO DC 10 CRASH IN GHANA
I am writing from Ghana Airways in Accra and can happily report that there has been no such incident in Accra as alleged by some pilot. Checks and cross checks from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Ghana Airways and other relevant bodies all come to the same conclusions: nothing of this nature did happen.
It is difficult to put a motive to this strange story. But whoever the source is, may be interested to know that Ghana Airways has a most enviable safety record. A record which is jealously guarded.
Thank you very much.
Marketing and Advertising Manager
FL390 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
Dear M. Afadzinu ,
Thank you for your kind and very quick reply. I just wanted to make one thing perfectly clear: nobody ever mentionned Ghana Airways or even questioned your airline's safety record. I have to admit that I don't quite understand why you're so on the defensive. I'm sure that Ghana Airways is not the only DC10 operator flying through Accra, and if somebody talks about a DC10 crash in Accra, nobody will conclude it's necessarily a Ghana Airways plane.
For your information, please note that the pilot who reported to have seen the broken DC10 in Accra doesn't even fly for one of the very few competitors you have, which means that he doesn't have a single reason to try to tarnish your company's reputation, if that's what you fear...
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6689 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (15 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
To give credit to Mr. Afadzinu, although no-one mentionned Ghana Airways, I immediately thought, and pictured a wrecked Ghana Airways DC10! It is good that he clarified it. It's also good to see such senior management frquent this great site!
Tr1492 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (15 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1909 times:
I have to say that I am pleased to hear of Ghana Airways exemplary record and also that there was not an accident involving one of their craft - I will be travelling to Accra early this summer on business and have to choose how to get there. I have heard many horror stories on this and other forums regarding some African carriers, and I must admit I was concerned about my trip! Ghana Airways will most certainly receive top consideration, given their record and also the availability of a direct JFK-Accra flight!!
Aeropostale From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
I saw the messages in the Discussions and I think I heard something on the radio about this. I can't remember clearly because I wasn't listening very carefully (it was just a few words about a wide-body in Ghana) but I'll try to find out...
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
As CX Flyboy state, and further.
Mr Afadzinu is not on the defensive. In fact, he has helped you answer your question in one fowl swoop. I searched the Ghana new sites for information and came up blank. Even searching thru the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has nothing on their site either.
FL390 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1848 times:
I heard an unconfirmed report about an accident in Ghana and tried to find out whether it was true or not. I didn't immediately believe what the pilot (who went there) said although it's somebody I know personnally. So why should I blindly believe what M. Afadzinu said on behalf of Ghana Airways and the G.C.A.A.? All we have got now are just rumours but nothing official.
And remember, somebody else (Aeropostale I believe) heard something on the radio in France that might give us a better idea of what happened (or what didn't happen)...
It seems that M. Afadzinu was right to assume that in the minds of most of us "DC10 + Ghana = Ghana Airways", and to defend the reputation of his airline accordingly, but I think it was hazardous to raise the issue of aviation safety in Ghana: you just need a few minutes on the internet to find out that it's a very "sensitive" subject.
FYI: Over the past eight years only, 8 jets registered in Ghana crashed (all DC-8 or B707 freighters, except one Ghana Airways DC-9 in 1997). Two of them crashed in 1999, the last one being a B707 that aborted a takeoff due to engine failures. Investigators found out that the aircraft had 32 major technical problems and that none of the pilots had a valid licence to operate that aircraft (see Aviation Safety Network in particular for more details). I guess that the only reason why Ghana is still rated Category 1 (meets ICAO standards) in the FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment Program is that fortunately nobody got killed in all those accidents.