Parliament to Grill Transport Minister over domestic flights

Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor will next week brief parliament on the safety and worthiness of domestic airlines, following a Starbow airline near-accident last month.

This follows a request put by the Member of Parliament for Okaikwei Central, Patrick Yaw Boamah asking the Minister to explain steps being undertaken to ensure safety in domestic flights.

A Takoradi bound Starbow flight was forced to make an emergency landing on October 28. Two passengers sustained injuries to the ankle and the arm during the ensuing evacuation process.

The accident led to temporal grounding of Starbow’s fleet for repairs and safety checks.

But the Okaikwei Central MP who filed the question, says the Minister must explain to parliament, steps been taken to domestic airlines meet local and international standards.

Speaking to JoyNews, Mr. Boamah explained that recent events, especially with regards to Starbow have brought safety concerns in air travel to the fore.

He stressed the importance of inspecting the air worthiness of some of the aircrafts operating domestically, saying, “You wouldn’t want any incident to happen before we start talking about it”.

He insisted that the issue be dealt with now, rather later, when a serious yet avoidable accident would have occurred.

“This country has got to be more proactive on some of these issues”, he said, “[rather than] not wait for the disaster to happen before calling people to stand before parliament to answer questions”. 

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