Ghanaians and foreigners traveling aboard Delta Airline flight 420 from the JFK Airport in New York to Accra, escaped certain death as their plane caught fire shortly before take-off.
Information picked up by Whatsup News shows that the ill-fated flight was aborted due to an “airspeed indication issue,” according to Delta spokeswoman Adrian Gee.
Upon landing, the brakes on the Boeing 767 overheated and the plane was met by fire and rescue officials, Gee said. Flames can be seen in video posted on social media as passengers frantically escaped through the crash chute.
Officials say all 205 passengers were successfully evacuated before firefighters managed to quench the bellowing flames from under the fuselage of the plane.
The airline provided hotel accommodations and meal vouchers, and travellers were expected to fly out to Ghana by Wednesday October 2, 2019.
“Delta apologizes to our customers on-board Flight 420 for delaying their travel,” Gee said in a statement. „We are working to get customers to their destination as soon as possible.”