Government yet to grant permit for Helicopter landing
…as Dr. Cassell Helicopter goes through huge expenditure
MONROVIA-The helicopter belonging to Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, BELL 430 ZT RJA, landing permit which order was granted by the supreme court is yet to be honored as the group pays a daily rental charge of US$200 per day to the Ghanaian Civil Aviation Authority by the Kwenyan & Associates in.
The Justice in Chamber, Supreme Court, Judge Yusif D. Kaba, invited the two parties to a conference on October 20, 2021 and ordered the LCAA to permit the aircraft to land in Liberia, pending the outcome of the conference. But LCAA refused.
As a result of that, the helicopter has been unable to land at the airport and is currently in Ghana paying charges. Moreover, the drugs onboard the helicopter expiration was drawing near, a situation which has led to many people raising concern.
Kwenyan & Associates is owned by Dr. Cassell, who is the Standard Bearer of the opposition People’s Liberation Party (PLP).
According to his group, he decided to bring into the country a helicopter, for the purpose of helping him and his company to distribute drugs to the remote part of the country, but his request to land was denied by the LCAA for what they termed as the authority to carry out due diligence.
Due to that, the group, represented by Mr. Tarplah Doe went to court to seek redress. But before that, on September 29, 2021, Cusmos Construction Corporation wrote the Director of the LCAA informing him about the construction of a hangar for the purpose of housing BELL 430 in Margibi County, based on the minimum specifications as directed by the Bell manufacturer as regards the size of the helicopter and the technical advice provided by the duly approved maintenance engineering entity, NAC of South Africa, which has been appointed as Aircraft Maintenance Operator (AMO) for ZT-RJA.
The helicopter is said to be in good technical standing based on its record. The Kwenyan & Associates requested the helicopter’s clearance from the International Flight Clearances Pty. Ltd. It revealed that between South Africa, where the aircraft came from, to Ghana, where the aircraft is currently stationed, went through Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Namibia, Angola, DR Congo, Gabon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Ghana, without any hindrance to landing or overflight.
Earlier, one of the areas of contention was a permission from South Africa if the Helicopter was technically worthy. It later proved that it was in air worthy.
The registration certificate, which was authorized by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, noted, “It is hereby certified that the aircraft described above has been duly entered on the South African Civil Aircraft Register in accordance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation dated 7 December 1944 and with the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011, as amended.”
When this paper contacted the LCAA for comment, a senior officer said: “the matter is before the court and we cannot speak to it. When all is done from the court side we will address it.”