President John Dramani Mahama and First lady Lordina Mahama
haveescaped what could have been a fatal accident after the helicopter
inwhich they were flying from Sunyani to Kumasi, embarked on a
"precautionary landing," the Ghana Armed Forces confirmed to Citi
The incident happened about 100 metres away from the Apatrapa
Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region.
Confirming the incident to Citi News Lt. Col Aggrey Quarshie, the
Director of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces stated that the
pilot's decision to land the helicopter was because of "bad weather."
"There was a storm approaching, so in other safeguard the first family
the pilot decided to embark on a precautionary landing," he explained.
Lt. Col Aggrey Quarshie added that "nothing happened to the M17
helicopter and there were no injuries."
He also told Citi News that armed security men including police and
"military cordoned off the area where the helicopter landed" and "the
first family was immediately transported by road to Kumasi".
Citi News also understands that President Mahama and his wife are safe
and sound in Accra now.
President Mahama and his wife were returning to join the Presidential
jet at the Kumasi Airport after returning from the funeral of the
chairperson of Council of State Cecilia Johnson's mother.
In March this year, the Presidential Jet caught fire while attempting
to take offat the Kotoka International Airport.
The Falcon 900, had been tasked to perform a special mission in
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Before that, on December 5, the Presidential jet Mahama was travelling
on developed a technical fault which caused his late attendance to the
30th National Farmers Day celebrations in the Western Region.
–By: Raymond Acquah/citifmonline.com/Ghana