Investigations underway into aborted KLM flight on Friday night

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    The Ghana Airports Company Limited has announced that investigations are underway to determine the circumstances that led to the aborted takeoff of an aircraft headed for Amsterdam on Friday night.

    The KLM Royal Duto Airlines Flight (KL590) was set to takeoff via Runway 21 at the Kotoka International Airport but was aborted after the pilot reported a bird strike close to the windshield of the aircraft.

    A statement by the company noted that passengers were subsequently disembarked and transported to hotels located close to the airport. Efforts are currently underway to ensure that passengers get to the final destinations regardless.

    Read the full statement below;

    PRESS STATEMENT

    AIRCRAFT INCIDENT AT KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    Management of Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) can confirm that on Friday, September 3, 2021 10.35pm, KLM Royal Duto Airlines Flight (KL590) bound for Amsterdam, aborted takeoff via Runway 21 at Kotoka International Airport. The Pilot reported a bird strike close to the windshield of the aircraft.

    The Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) of GACL was at the scene immediately to provide emergency fire cover. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the parking bay where passengers disembarked and were transported to various hotels around the airport.

    Meanwhile, the airline has commenced processes to get passengers back to their final destinations as soon as possible.

    Investigations into the cause of the incident have commenced.

    Management of Ghana Airports Company Limited wishes to assure the general public that it has a robust Wildlife Management System in place and remains committed to the highest safety standards at the airport.

    Issued by Management