A helicopter carrying about eight workers of Newmont Ghana has crash-landed near Beposo in the Ashanti Region, Myjoyonline.com can confirm. Director, External Affairs & Communications at Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Adiki Ayitevie told Myjoyonline.com all passengers are safe.
The helicopter with registration number SA 365 C2 was traveling from Kenyase to Accra on Thursday. She said the cause for the crash-landing was yet to be ascertained but that initial reports blamed engine malfunction. Investigations have begun, she said.
Below is a statement issued by Newmont on the incident.
Helicopter passengers safe after unscheduled landing
Accra, June 28, 2012 – A chartered helicopter carrying six Newmont officials and two crew of the IAS Helicopter Company this afternoon made an unscheduled landing at Beposo in the Ashanti Region. All people on board the aircraft are safe.
The delegation was travelling from Newmont’s Ahafo mine site in Kenyasi to Accra when one of the helicopter’s two engines began to malfunction. The twin engine helicopter is able to function with a single engine. All passengers and the crew aboard the aircraft have been transported safely by a support helicopter to Accra.
All safety and emergency procedures were followed by the pilots who handled the situation professionally. Aviation officials and the helicopter carrier are investigating the causes of the engine malfunction.
Newmont would like to thank all involved for their professionalism and ensuring all people onboard the helicopter reached their destinations safely.
Adiki O. Ayitevie
Director, External Affairs & Communications