A helicopter carrying about six workers of Newmont Ghana has made an unscheduled landing near Beposo in the Ashanti Region, Myjoyonline.com can confirm.
Director, External Affairs & Communications at Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Adiki Ayitevie told Myjoyonline.com all passengers are safe and unharmed.
She said the Newmont delegation was traveling from the Ahafo mine site in Kenyasi to Accra when one of the helicopter’s two engines began to malfunction.
According to her the delegation took the opportunity to communicate with members of the community after the forced landing of the helicopter.
She thanked the community for their warm reception accorded to the Newmont team.
Investigations have begun, she said.
Below is a statement issued by Newmont on the incident.
Helicopter passengers safe after unscheduled landing
Accra, June 28, 2012 – A chartered helicopter carrying six Newmont officials and two crew of the IAS Helicopter Company this afternoon made an unscheduled landing at Beposo in the Ashanti Region. All people on board the aircraft are safe.
The delegation was travelling from Newmont’s Ahafo mine site in Kenyasi to Accra when one of the helicopter’s two engines began to malfunction. The twin engine helicopter is able to function with a single engine. All passengers and the crew aboard the aircraft have been transported safely by a support helicopter to Accra.
All safety and emergency procedures were followed by the pilots who handled the situation professionally. Aviation officials and the helicopter carrier are investigating the causes of the engine malfunction.
Newmont would like to thank all involved for their professionalism and ensuring all people onboard the helicopter reached their destinations safely.
Adiki O. Ayitevie
Director, External Affairs & Communications