The fate of passengers on board a Starbow flight to Accra from Kumasi was put to test when the flight on arrival at its destination encountered a storm because of poor weather conditions last Sunday.
As a result, the flight was reported to have attempted to make a return to Kumasi but veered off its flight path culminating in some deafening turbulence which frightened passengers with most forced to go into prayer session turning the flight into what could pass for a crusade ground.
In what appears to be to have been their end, most were heard literally confessing their sins and others in the fervent mood of prayer with the hope that the situation could improve in order for them to land.
Head pastor of Promise Land Rev Evans Kyereh Mensah who was among the passengers, told Naa Klodey Odonkor of Kumasi-based Ultimate Fm that it was a situation between life and death and the only escape route from a possible plane crash was prayer.
“Around 3:30pm we were asked on board. But in the middle of the journey we heard an announcement from the pilot that we were to brace ourselves and put our seat belts on because there were storms coming.
Everybody was quiet when announcement came again that the flight was diverting to the north east so people started agitating whether we were going to Tamale or what.“
“Then all of a sudden the plane had a sharp descent then people became apprehensive. I shouted Jesus while others begun crying and screaming my family! My children!.”
“I started praying and shouting and taking control over the atmosphere but still the thing kept defending and people were screaming.
At that time all of us knew we were coming to the ground but I still held on to the prayer. Others who were also Christians started praying.
A woman held on to my waist and another person held on to my legs and we were all praying.“
“For about one and half hours we were held up in the storms.
Later the pilot came to tell us he lost control and someone explained to us that they took us through Lome, Aphlao area looking for navigation and a place to land.”
“It was a matter of life and death. I could see some of them had held unto the seat, some had bowed down their heads, others had brought their children under them, and some were covering their children.
I saw some white guys who had also bowed down their heads.
I saw another lady two seats away also praying in tongues and asking Lord help us Lord help us I join my faith with the pastor’s faith Lord help us.”
“I saw another lawyer by me also praying, others were quiet, somebody had just fallen asleep and all that but I was just praying.”
“The cabin crew looked frustrated while they sat still some with heads bowed and muttering words. Someway somehow the pilot came out of his cockpit and said that he had found a place to land and so we had to return to Kumasi. But still I was in prayer and I said I wouldn’t give a foot hold to the enemy till we have landed.”
“But by then others were talking, others were chatting others were like wow! Thank you Jesus but I was still in prayer.”