As helicopter grounds in Ghana
The Political leader of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) Dr. Daniel E. Cassell has begun counting his loss complaining that the Liberian government’s refusal to grant his helicopter a landing permit continues to cost him thousands of United States Dollars weekly.
The helicopter in question, ZT-RJA Bell 430, operated by Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company has since been parked in the Ghanaian capital Accra after the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LACC) refused to grant it a landing permit in October last year.
Dr. Cassell also noted that not only is he incurring daily charges of US$200 for the helicopter stay in Accra, but the drugs which he brought in the country to distribute among citizens in the leeward counties using the helicopter are nearing their expiration dates.
The Government of Liberia it is alleged, through the LCAA denied the aircraft a landing right here despite a letter under the reference: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT CLEARANCES APPOINTMENT, addressed to the LCAA requesting landing rights.
The National Airways Corporation (PTY) Ltd, in keeping with international aviation laws, was said to have informed the LCAA about the landing flight of the ZT-RJA B430 helicopter belonging to Dr. Cassell from South Africa to Liberia.
The letter was addressed to the Director-General of the LCAA, Mr. Moses Y. Kollie, under the signature of Jaco de Klerk of the NAC Quality Control Compliance and Helicopter Safety.
“This letter serves to confirm that National Airways Corporation (PTY) Ltd appointed International Flight Clearances (IFC) on the 14th of September 2021 to arrange the overflight and landing clearances for the ferry flight of ZT-RJA from South Africa to Liberia. Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any additional information”, excerpts of the letter read.
But in a response to the helicopter saga at the time, the government through the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism issued a statement saying that at no time did Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company group apply for a landing permit and they were denied.
“LCAA notes that at no time did Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company request for landing permit to the LCAA for which, they filed a writ of Prohibition. The Group application for an Air Service License is still being reviewed by the LCAA in keeping with the Liberia Civil Aviation and relevant international Regulations and is pending the fulfillment of all the requirements”, the release from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism stated.
The action by the LCAA prompted the Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company by and through its Board Chair Tapple Doe, an official of the PLP to seek legal redress at the Supreme Court before Justice in Chambers Associate Justice Yussif D. Kabba at the time.
“By directive of his Honor Yussif D. Kabba, Associate Justice presiding in Chambers, you are hereby cited to a conference on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.” The citation to the LCAA stated.
“Meanwhile, you are order to permit the aircraft subject to this petition to land in Liberia pending the outcome of the conference.” The citation continued.
The parties were then referred to the lower court where the case has been to date, as the cost of maintaining the aircraft in Ghana increased with drugs nearing expiration.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/plp-cassell-blames-it-all-on-weah/