In a rather unprecedented flight ordeal for passengers traveling aboard Passion Airlines to Kumasi, they found themselves disembarking in Ivory Coast.
The management of domestic airline claims, the situation was caused by “bad weather” which prevented it from landing at the Kumasi Airport.
A statement from the airline also said, the flight could not return on the 45-minute flight to Accra to reset but proceeded on the more than one-hour flight to the Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan).
Passion Air in a press release about the incident, said when the April 17 flight could not land in Kumasi or return to Accra, a decision was made to proceed to the planned alternate airport in Abidjan.
“On 17 April 2021, Passion Air flight OP152 departed from Accra at 17:45 for Kumasi. Unfortunately, due to deteriorating weather conditions at the destination airport, the flight could not land,” the release said.
“Unable to land in Kumasi or return to Accra, a decision was made to proceed to the planned alternate airport, Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) where the weather permitted a safe landing.
According to the embattled airline, it provided it visibly shaken passengers with refreshments on the ground and that the flight departed Abidjan at 11:20 pm when the weather had improved en-route to Accra.
“Hotel arrangements were made for passengers who required it, while others opted to spend the night in their own homes,” it said