Ghanaian Z-9EH makes an emergency landing


A Harbin Z-9EH helicopter belonging to Ghana’s Air Force made an emergency landing on 25 June, but none of the eight people on board were injured.

The Ghana Armed Forces Public Relations Directorate said the helicopter (GHF 630) performed an emergency landing in a field about 32 km west of Tamale Airport. The crew landed after observing a malfunction of the tail rotor system.

“All the four crew members and four other military personnel on board at the time of the incident were successfully recovered within minutes by another Ghana Air Force helicopter, with no fatalities nor injuries. There were no civilians on board, and no damage nor injuries to property and people on ground. The landing site has since been secured and efforts are underway to recover the aircraft,” the Public Relations Directorate said.

“A Preliminary Investigation Team (PIT) has been constituted and is currently on site to conduct a full assessment of the damage to the aircraft to allow a recovery to Air Force Base Tamale. The manufacturers of the aircraft, China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC)…and their local representatives have been informed of the incident and are providing all the necessary technical support.

“The aircraft is one of four helicopters that were delivered to the Ghana Air Force in 2015. The crew are commended for their quick judgement and timely intervention for flying the helicopter to a safe emergency landing,” the Directorate said in a statement.