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Poor weather forced Kumasi-bound plane to land in Abidjan- PassionAir clarifies

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The management of PassionAir has clarified that their Kumasi-bound flight from Accra had to land in neighbouring Abidjan airport due to deteriorating weather conditions in Kumasi airport.

The local airline in a release indicates the diversion was “necessary as the safety of our passengers, crew and equipment is paramount”.

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, it emerged that PassionAir flight OP152 departed from Accra at 17:45 for Kumasi but could not land at the destination airport.

The company clarified that deteriorating weather conditions compelled the flight crew to head to the “planned alternate airport” – Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) for a safe landing.

It, however, sincerely apologized to its customers for the inconvenience caused.

“All PassionAir flights operate with the highest safety standards, conforming with strict, laid down GCAA regulations. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused”, the statement further added.

Below is the full release

On 17 April 2021, PassionAir flight OP152 departed from Accra at 17:45 for Kumasi. Unfortunately, due to deteriorating 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 alternate airport, Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) where the weather permitted a safe landing.

Passengers were provided with refreshments on the ground and the flight departed Abidjan at 11:20 pm 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 apologize for any inconvenience caused. However, this diversion was necessary as the safety of our passengers, crew and equipment is paramount.

Richmond Mortty Bediako

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