By Col E Aggrey-Quashie – Director, Public Relations
On Thursday 25 June 2020, at about 1745 hours, a Ghana Air Force Z9-EH Helicopter with tail number
GHF 630, performed an emergency landing, in a field about 3 Km southwest of Ganvuliga village, in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region, approximately 32 Km west of the Tamale Airport.
The crew, who were returning from Wa to Tamale, landed after observing a malfunction of the tail rotor system, which provides anti-torque and directional control to the aircraft.
All on board (4 crew members, 4 other military personnel with no civilians) at the time of the incident, were successfully recovered within minutes, by another Ghana Air Force helicopter, with no fatalities nor injuries.
There were no damage nor injuries to property and people on ground, however, the landing site has since been secured and efforts are underway to recover the aircraft, as the Kumbungu District Chief Executive and the local community are also providing the necessary assistance to the recovery team.
A Preliminary Investigation Team (PIT) has been constituted and is currently on site to conduct a full assessment of the damage to the aircraft, to allow a recovery to the Air Force Base, Tamale.
The manufacturers of the aircraft (which is one of four helicopters that were delivered to the Ghana Air Force in 2015) – China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) based in China – and their local representatives, have been informed of the incident and are providing all the necessary technical support.
The crew are commended for their quick judgement and timely intervention, for flying the helicopter to a safe emergency landing.
The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to assure the general public that the military is still operational and its activities have in no way been affected by this incident and the morale of personnel is high, as normal activities are ongoing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]