Starbow Airliners took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 aircraft, the pictured 9G-SBF, on November 22, 2017. The second ATR 72 aircraft is scheduled to arrive soon.
However three days later on November 25, 2017, the new type was involved in an runway accident at Accra, Ghana while operating flight S9 104.
Reportedly, the aircraft with 63 passengers and five crew members veered off the runway in heavy rain while attempting its takeoff and exited the runway coming to rest in the perimeter fence.
Read the full report from GhanaWeb.
Starbow Airlines issued this statement:
Starbow S9 104 Incident at Accra, Kotoka International Airport.
Everyone at Starbow wishes to express their sincere regret for the distress experienced by our guests on Flight S9 104 on November 25, 2017 at 12:45, local time. The service, operated by ATR 72-500 (registration 9G-SBF), was a scheduled flight from Accra to Kumasi. All sixty-five guests and five crew disembarked, as normal, though five guests were treated for minor injuries at the Airport Clinic. The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the incident.
Eric Antwi, Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘All of us at Starbow at this time remain dedicated to our guests, our crew and their families. Their safety and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, and we will cooperate fully with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, and other agencies, to determine the cause of this incident. We hope to be able to provide further information in due course’.
Starbow has suspended its operations with immediate effect and guests with future reservations are invited to contact the airline at 024 500 0000 to make alternative travel arrangements.
Photo: Starbow Airlines.