Ten people were killed on Saturday night in Accra, Ghana when a Nigerian-registered cargo plane smashed into a bus and other vehicles on a busy street near Kotoka International Airport.
The cargo plane was attempting to take off from the airport for an unknown destination but left its path and ploughed into the street.
The scene of the crash is near newly built high-rise buildings, hotels and the country’s Defence Ministry. Witnesses said the plane first smashed through the fence that runs around the airport before hitting the bus, the Associated Press reports.
The ten victims were in vehicles on the road struck by the plane, said Billy Anaglate, spokesman for the Ghana Fire Service. Ambulances took the injured to nearby hospitals.
An official at the airport’s control tower declined to comment when reached Saturday night, saying no one was available to discuss the crash. Police officials also refused to immediately comment.
Police and soldiers quickly cordoned off the neighborhood where the plane crashed. The area is near to El-Wak Sports Stadium and Hajj Village, where Muslims in the country stay before they journey to Mecca.
Local television showed images of the plane lying across a road with its tail damaged as the flight crew jumped off and received help from emergency responders.
Witnesses said the plane was labeled as belonging to Allied Air Cargo. The name and symbols on the aircraft matched those of a Nigerian air freight company based out of Lagos. Telephone numbers for the company in London, Lagos and the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt rang unanswered Saturday night.