Chartered French flight crew nearly dropped Mills on an abandoned runway – Anyidoho reveals



• Ghana has plans to get another official transporter


• Koku Anyidoho agrees this is a decent arrangement


• He shared an encounter that might have been close grievous for the previous President Mills

In 2009, the late previous president, John Atta Mills, was on a contracted departure from Accra to Tamale that almost turned appalling since the team didn’t have the foggiest idea about the course well.

This is concurring to Koku Anyidoho, who filled in as the Director of Communications under the previous president, the team, of a French-talking beginning, almost dropped the president on an old and deserted runway because of their newness to the course.


In a meeting on Okay FM on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, and checked by GhanaWeb, he clarified how the late previous president favored utilizing contracted trips rather than the country’s official transporter, the Falcon.

“President Mills favored voyaging business in light of the fact that with the Falcon, when voyaging long stretch, you’d need to pause and refuel, and all that accompanies costs. A ton of these things don’t have to do with the individual and his singular way to deal with the entire thing.

“President didn’t view it as too proper that when going to places like the US, Canada, we should utilize the Falcon due to the occasions you’d need to pause and refuel,” he said.

Koku Anyidoho was remarking on the continuous discussion about the public authority’s expectation to secure another official airplane.

While talking regarding why he completely prefers that arrangement, Koku clarified the fascinating conditions that encompassed what he says was the main outing by President John Evans Atta Mills after he got down to business in 2009.

“President Mills’ first neighborhood trip when he became president was to Tamale and when we got to the Kotoka International Airport, they said there was the plane and afterward the president got in. What’s more, on that outing, we had Cletus Avorka, as far as pastors; I was on it myself.

“And afterward we said we were going to Tamale; they had gone to lease a plane from some place while the Airforce was there. They were somewhere in the range of two youthful pilots from any place and they couldn’t communicate in English, it was French they were talking. The excursion that should be 45 minutes, we were at a point simply zooming around in the sky and individuals began mumbling, asking what was going on.

“And afterward we began slipping and by then, we began smelling the avionics fuel that was consuming. We began slipping in the interim we were not seeing any runway not knowing there is a neglected runway from Nkrumah’s time and these young men planned to land the president there. We then, at that point, needed to begin guiding them on where to land and where not to land,” he said.

He added that it was that day that the Ghana Airforce concluded that going ahead, no excursion of the president would be taken without their inclusion, regardless of whether they were not the ones straightforwardly flying the Number One man.

“That was the day the Airforce took a choice that never again that would the Commander-In-Chief make any trip out of the country without their anxiety, regardless of whether it is business, they must have a hand in it and take a choice,” he clarified.

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