UPDATE 3 – June 3, 2012 – 10:45 AM EDT:
Officials have begun the investigation to find out why the Allied Cargo 727 crashed but the head of Ghana Airport says that they are discounting airport equipment failure as a cause.
UPDATE 2 – June 2, 2012 – 9:00 PM EDT:
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.”
There are 10 confirmed fatalities. They are reported to all come from the mini-bus that was crushed by the airliner.
UPDATE – June 2, 2012 – 7:47 PM EDT:
Reuters is reporting that the crash occurred after the 727 landed. This is contrary to initial reports that the aircraft crashed as it was attempting to take off.
Nigerian Cargo Plane Runs in to Street Slamming in to Cars and a Bus
An Allied Air Cargo Plane overran the runway
while attempting to take off from Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport Saturday night and slammed in to a bus and several cars, killing at least 10 people, according to local reports on the scene.
According to witnesses, the aircraft slammed through a fence that surrounds the airport and in to a street where it struck the vehicles.
Local television in Ghana reportedly has shown the plane with a damaged tail section lying across the road.
The aircraft is a Boeing 727-200.
Police and emergency crews have blocked off the area as the rescue proceeds.
This is a developing story so stay tuned for updates…