Accra - On Saturday, November 25, Starbow flight S9 104, an ATR 72-500 crashed into a fence wall at the Kotoka International Airport, Ghana during takeoff.

According to the local sources, The ATR 72-500 of Starbow suffered a runway excursion while was set to take off to Kumasi from runway 21 under heavy rainfall. The Starbow's turboprop skidded off the runway and crashes into fence wall after its engines suddenly stopped.

Sources within the Aviation Ministry announced that an official report will be released on the incident after the technical team investigates the situation.

The aircraft apparently diverted toward the left side of the runway in the direction of the nearby Airforce base until the engine no 1 hit the fence wall, which is located about 140 m left of the runway edge. All propeller blades of the engine no 1 engine were damaged after impacting barbed wire.

There were 63 passengers and five crew members on-board. No casualties have as yet been confirmed, but that most of the passengers were traumatized, officials say.

Sources within the Aviation Ministry announced that an official report will be released on the incident after the technical team investigates the situation.

On Friday, November 24, a day before the incident some passengers were unable to embark on their booked flight of Starbow Airlines and stranded at the Kotoka International Airport.

After a two-hour waiting period, Starbow subsequently announced that the flight was postponed to Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Officials of the GCAA (Ghana Civil Aviation Authority) confirmed to local press that the flight was canceled since Starbow Airlines had failed to conduct a demonstration flight on the new aircraft, which the company took delivery of earlier this week.

It is unconfirmed if this new aircraft was the same one that was involved in that incident on Saturday, November 25.

The efforts of the local press to get a response from Starbow Airlines have so far failed.

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