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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 25 November 2017
Time:12:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT75 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-500 (72-212A)
Operator:Starbow
Registration: 9G-SBF
C/n / msn: 743
First flight: 2007-02-15 (10 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127F
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 63
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 68
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Accra-Kotoka Airport (ACC) (   Ghana)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Accra-Kotoka Airport (ACC/DGAA), Ghana
Destination airport:Kumasi Airport (KMS/DGSI), Ghana
Flightnumber:S9104
Narrative:
Starbow flight S9 104, an ATR 72-500, suffered a runway excursion during takeoff from Accra-Kotoka Airport in Ghana.
During take off roll from runway 21 and before reaching a speed of 70 kts, the captain's seat suddenly moved full backwards violently and shifted to the left. Whilst controlling the aircraft with the nose wheel steering, the violent seat movement led to the captain turning the tiller to the left causing the aircraft to veer off the left side of the runway. The captain could not gain control of the aircraft until it came to a stop close to the perimeter fence after efforts by the copilot to retard the power levers.
All propeller blades of the no.1 engine were damaged with some prop tips severed after impacting barbed wire at the airport perimeter fence.
Five occupants sustained minor injuries.

The aircraft, 9G-SBF, had only been delivered to Starbow on 22 November 2017.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» BEA
» Ghanaweb.com

METAR Weather report:
12:00 UTC / 12:00 local time:
DGAA 251200Z 27007KT 230V300 9999 FEW028 30/23 Q1012 NOSIG

13:00 UTC / 13:00 local time:
DGAA 251300Z 22012KT 1300 TSRA OVC013 FEW030CB 23/22 Q1012 NOSIG


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Distance from Accra-Kotoka Airport to Kumasi Airport as the crow flies is 199 km (124 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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