On Sunday the 11th of March, 2018 at 1:47pm, one of Africa World Airlines (AWA) Embraer ERJ145 aircraft operating AW108 hit a bird during the landing phase of the flight at the Kumasi Airport . Safety being the airlines priority and as a precautionary measure, an engineer was sent on the next flight from Accra to assess the damage to the aircraft if any and declare the aircraft serviceability to return back to base.
After the inspection and assessment of the aircraft, he okayed the aircraft to be serviceable and decided to run the engine to assure himself there was no damage to the engine since the bird struck it on the engine cowling. Under theses circumstances, the engine was run through its whole power, that is from idle power to full power.
Some passengers became concerned because they had not heard an aircraft engine at full power from outside the aircraft so were skeptical to fly on that aircraft. The aircraft was declared serviceable and departed from Kumasi Airport at 5:45pm and landed safely in Accra at 6:21pm.
AWA wants to assure the travelling public that, since safety is their first priority , they will always operate to the highest standands of safety well above the minimum requirements and their engineers will only release an aircraft that is completely serviceable to fly and their pilots will only fly an aircraft that is safe to fly.
"The safety of the travelling public is dear to our hearts and we will strive to maintain and improve the safety standards we have acheived". As signed by Captain Samuel Thompson, Chief Operations Officer of Africa World Airlines (AWA).
Kindly find below the press release