Mahama, First Lady escape death after helicopter ‘precautionary’ landing

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

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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