Committee set up to investigate Starbow crash at Tamale Airport

BY: Yakubu Abdul-Abdul-Jalil
Mrs Joyce Bawa Mogtari (right), Deputy Minister of Transport, delivering the inaugural address at the inauguration of the accident investigation committee at the MInistry's Conference Room in Accra.

A six-member committee to investigate and make recommendations on the aircraft incident at the Tamale Airport on October 6, 2015, was inaugurated in Accra Friday.

The incident involved a private domestic airline, Starbow, which reportedly crash-landed at the Tamale Airport  with passengers it had airlifted from the Kotoka International Airport, Accra.

The Committee

Inaugurating the committee, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Joyce A. Bawa Mogtari, said being the member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), it was mandatory for the state to investigate and ascertain the cause of the accident in order to put in place measures that would  forestall a recurrence.

Ms Mogtari said the Ministry per the ICAO’s regulations and the Ghana Civil Aviation Act 678 of 2004 was obliged to set up a committee to investigate aircraft incidents in the country.

“The Ministry has put together experts within the aviation industry with the requisite experience and expertise in aircraft and air traffic operations in the committee to investigate and provide  recommendations for aviation security, “she explained.

Ms Mogtari said  the committee was to come out with a preliminary report within 30 working days, starting from the day of the inauguration.

The  committee, chaired by Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, include  Mr Ellis Hugh-Tamakloe,  Mr Emmanuel N. Quao, Mr Kenneth Kwawukume, Group Captain Adu Gyamfi and Wing Commander Mike Ayesu.

Speaking on behalf of the committee, the chairman thanked  the ministry for the trust reposed in them, adding that they would apply due diligence in their work in order to provide credible recommendations for the future of the aviation industry.