Passengers who boarded PassionAir flight OP152 on the 17th April, 2021 from Accra at 5pm for Kumasi could not land upon reaching Kumasi and have to navigate to a neighboring country La Cote D’ivoire (Abijan) due to bad weather condition.
In a press released by the management of PassionAir, the decision to proceed to La Cote D’ivoire was necessary because the lives of the passengers and equipment were paramount henceforth they have to land at the Felix Houphouet international airport where the weather was good for landing.
“ On 17th April, 2021, passionAir flight OP152 departed from Accra at 17:45 for Kumasi. Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions at the destination airport , the flight could not land.
“Unable to land in Kumasi or return to Accra, a decision was made to proceed to the planned alternative airport, Felix Houphouet Boigny international airport in La Cote D’ivoire (Abijan) where the weather permitted as a safe landing”
The statement suggested that upon landing, to make their passengers feel comfortable they provided them with refreshment while arrangement were made and departed from Abijan at 11:20pm back to Accra when the weather had improved en-route to Accra.
“ passengers were provided with refreshments on the ground and the flight departed Abijan at 11:20pm when the weather had improved en-route to Accra. Hotel arrangements were made for passengers who required it , while others opted to spend the night in their own homes”
All passionAir flights operate with the highest safety standards, conforming with strict, laid down GCAA regulations. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. However, this diversion was necessary as the safety of our passengers, crew and equipment is paramount”
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Source: Mohammed Ibn Nanzari Charisma