At least 10 dead in plane crash in Ghana

A cargo plane has crash-landed near the airport in Ghana's capital, Accra, after overshooting the runway and hitting a bus on the ground, killing at least 10 people, but the crew survived, officials said.

Wreckage from the Allied Air plane could be seen in an area near the airport along with a badly damaged bus. Rescue, police and fire officers flooded the scene and cordoned off the immediate area of the crash.

Ghana's airport operator confirmed in a statement that "flight number DHV 111, cargo aircraft, operating from Lagos to Accra, has overshot the runway on landing on Saturday June 2, at 7:10 pm local time".

"The crew of four people on board all survived the accident and are currently receiving treatment at the airport clinic. The aircraft collided with a minivan, resulting in 10 confirmed fatalities ...''

One witness reported seeing the plane come down and hit the bus, killing those inside.

"I closed from work, walking home in the rain, only to see the plane falling and people in the Benz bus crushed to death,'' said Kofi Anor.

A senior military officer said the plane crash-landed and also spoke of 10 dead.

The bus was severely damaged, while the plane's wings and tail had broken off from its body.

The plane crashed in an area just outside a stadium, near the airport and a military base. It did not appear to strike any houses.

An operator who answered at Allied Air said no one was available to speak.

- AFP

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