After a fuel imbalance issue issued prompted charges of racism, Ghana has ordered Delta Air Lines not to fly the Boeing 767-300 in question on flights to Accra. Furthermore, it has requested that Delta not to use any 767-300 on the JFK-ACC route.
Ghana Bans Delta 767-300 From Flying To Accra, Wants Different Aircraft On JFK-ACC Route
I wrote about the story in the context of a polyglot vlogger who I felt over-sensationalized a fuel balance issue that forced a Delta 767-300 traveling from New York (JFK) to Accra (ACC) to turn around over the Atlantic. The vlogger filmed himself crying in the airplane lavatory and insinuated that the plane would have run out of fuel…a false charge based upon the circumstances.
This incident went viral in Ghana, with many expressing outrage that Delta would put such an old jet on this route. Many commentators and even some elected officials in Ghana insinuated that racism was the cause of Delta choosing to you this particular 767 on the Accra route. It turns out this particular aircraft has had a lot of problems lately.
Today, the Civil Aviation Authority in Ghana released a statement banning that particular Delta 767-300, registration number N195DN, for flights to ACC:
“With immediate effect, Delta Air Lines is being advised not to dispatch the B767-332 with registration number N195DN for flights to Accra”
Live and Let’s Fly has reached out to Delta for a response.
Below is the full statement:
TEMPORARY DENIAL OF DELTA AIRCRAFT WITH REGISTRATION N-195DN
Following the events of 1st August 2022, when your aircraft with registration N195DN was forced to return to gate due to a technical problem, a team of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) inspectors were tasked to conduct an investigation or the circumstances surrounding this occurrence.
The investigation revealed that:
1. The crew reported a fuel imbalance issue with the left main tank.
2. The inbound crew experienced this same issue on the flight leg to Accra i.e., on 31st July 2022.
3. This was the same aircraft that had to return to JFK on 25th July 2022 a few hours after take-off from JFK and which was widely reported on in various media outlets.
It was expected that after such a negative reportage. Delta Air Lines would have thoroughly investigated the issue to arrive at the root cause of the failure before dispatching the aircraft on flights. Rather, the aircraft was flown within the United States a number of times and then dispatched again to Accra, only for the problem to reoccur.
The Authority finds this unacceptable. Therefore, with immediate effect, Delta Air Lines is being advised not to dispatch the B767-332 with registration number N195DN for flights to Accra.
As your aging B767 fleet are of much concern to Ghanaian travelers, Delta Air Lines must put in place a plan to change the type of aircraft on the JFK-ACC-JFK route as soon as practicable. Kindly communicate this date to the undersigned in your response.
Note what I bolded. While the current ban applies only to N195DN, Ghana has asked Delta not to use any 767-300 on the Accra route.
Delta Air Lines has been blocked from deploying one of its 767-300 aircraft to Accra, following repeated technical difficulties with the aging aircraft. Furthermore, Ghana has asked Delta not to use any 767-400 on flights to Accra. This move marks a rather rapid escalation of the issue.
(image: Quintin Soloviev)