Ethiopian Airlines issued statement on Burundi bound plane bomb threat incident

Ethiopian Airlines  _ Tewolde CEO
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewelde Gebremariam

November 21, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines has issued a statement on Thursday regarding an incident on board of ET817 which was flying from Addis Ababa to Bujumbura and Kigali.

A passenger was making a bomb threat during landing at Bujumbura airport, in Burundi.

The airlines said it was a “false alarm.”

Police arrested the passenger who caused it and was charged with “international air rage.” His name is not disclosed. 

The plane has arrived safely and all passengers were safe, said Ethiopian Airlines.

The full statement reads as follows:

Statement on ET817 False Alarm

Addis Ababa, 21 November, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET817 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Bujumbura and Kigali reported air rage by one unruly passenger threatening with false bomb alarm during landing at Bujumbura. The plane landed safely, and passengers disembarked using normal procedures. Police removed the unruly passenger and arrested him on international air rage.

The airplane and the crew continued with their regular schedule flight.

Ethiopian Airlines appreciates its flying crew, ground staff in Bujumbura and Burundi Airport security for their team work and coordination in complying with all safety procedures and professional handling of the false alarm.

We sincerely apologize to all our passengers onboard the flight for any inconvenience.

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