Uganda investigating Ethiopian Airlines plane runway overshot

Ethiopian Airlines Plane runway overshot is under investigation, says Uganda.

Ethiopian Airlines _ Moscow

January 4,2019

Uganda’s Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba, reportedly named a team to investigate an incident involving Ethiopian Airlines plane runway overshot.

According to a Ugandan news source, New Vision, the team is tasked to investigate the condition that led a poor landing.

The report added that the team is intending to release a comprehensive report as soon as investigations are completed.

“Preliminary findings indicate that the plane slightly missed a touchline due to an air-pocket, hence skidding off the runway but the pilot was able to catch up,” noted Hon. Azuba, as reported by New Vision.

As well, the report quoted Dr. David Kakuba, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – Uganda managing director, who said that International flights including from Turkish Airlines, Kenyan Airways, Egypt Air and Rwandan Air were affected by the situation.

The incident happened on Wednesday night at Entebbe international airport, Uganda’s busiest airport. Kampala bound Ethiopian Airlines plane – Boeing 737-800 was carrying 139 passengers. And there were no reports of injury or damage to the plane.

On January 3, Ethiopian Airlines issued a press release saying “Passengers and crew were safely deplaned and were taken to the terminal and cleared normally through the regular clearance process. There is no damage to the aircraft and it is being towed to the ramp.”

The airlines also announced that it provided passengers with alternative flights and rebooked those who were booked to travel from Entebbe to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

This is for a second time for Ethiopian Airlines to experience ramp incident in less than a month. On December 19, 2018, Ethiopian Airlines plane B787-900 experienced a minor accident during the course of “taxing for de-icing” before take off at Oslo International Airport.

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