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Ethiopian Airlines responds to allegations about flight to Hong Kong

Ethiopian Airlines made headlines this week for flight to Hong Kong amid Typhoon but the airlines trashes what appear to be a narratives informed by business sabotage as incorrect. The airlines said it got weather forecast for safe landing. (Photo : from the web/file)

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Despite successes even during times of economic downturn as observed in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the word, Ethiopian Airlines has been facing defamatory narratives from mainstream media in the west that appear to be motivated by business sabotage. 

The latest one came from Bloomberg – among several other publishers. In a story published entitled  “Only Plane Flying to Hong Kong Lands in Middle of Super Typhoon,” Bloomberg reported, on Friday, “An Ethiopian Airlines flight risked a rare landing during a super typhoon, becoming the only plane to touch down at Hong Kong airport on Friday evening as strong winds buffeted the city.”

The narrative has gained traction – based on conversations from social media.  But the story does not seem to be accurate, at least. 

In a statement from Ethiopian Airlines in response to the allegations of the Hong Hong Flight, it indicated that the flight was from Bangkok to Hong Kong and that the plane flew after getting weather forecast information that it would be safe for landing at Hong Kong.  But the return flight was postponed for 24 hours after a change in weather forecast.

The statement from the airline is features below : 

“Statement on Ethiopian flight ET608/31AUG Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Hong Kong 

Ethiopian flight ET608 from Addis Ababa to Hong Kong via Bangkok landed at Hong Kong airport on September 1st at its scheduled arrival time. The flight departed from Bangkok after getting weather forecast information that the weather at Hong Kong would be safe for landing at the time of arrival. Accordingly, the flight proceeded and landed at Hong Kong since the weather conditions were within the normal range and after securing clearance from the Hong Kong airport ATC. 

The Ethiopian Flight Dispatch team was aware of the Typhoon earlier and was following up the flight from planning up to all phases of the flight between Addis Ababa and Hong Kong, giving regular updates to the crew. The flight was operated in consideration of the weather forecast that indicated the Typhoon was far away from Hong Kong airport at the time of arrival of Ethiopian flight. 

Hence, the report from some media which stated the flight landed at Hong Kong airport in the middle of the super Typhoon is absolutely incorrect. We would like to inform all that the flight landed at Hong Kong smoothly while the actual weather condition was within the acceptable limits. Later, the weather at Hong Kong deteriorated and the airport was closed for operation. As a result, the return flight ET609 was postponed by 24 hours.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This airline owned and run by black folks has been the target tarnishing by those who are there to trip into a business failure. They accused this airline for transporting soldiers and weapons using its civilian aircrafts to war zones. These bigot rabid dogs among us were and are still accusing it as arms and soldiers hauler. These guys with Bloomberg and Wall Street do that with ulterior business motives cooked up at their Brooklyn speakeasies to send this fire tested airline into bankruptcy. It is part of their evil ‘cancel’ culture drive. But once again this pride of the colored will wither away every fire thrown at it and come out even much stronger.

  2. Breaking News : Israel considers deporting 1,000 Eritreans involved in ‘riots’: PM

    Send Said Berhanu Mohamednur back to Eritrea, where he could be received with open arms and red carpet treatment, and for whom he kept his nose to the grindstone to please and appease the octogenerian dictator and his gang.
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    Everyone who supports the dictatorial regime must be sent back, as one cannot be qualified as a refugee and support the regime at the same time.

    “At the special ministerial committee I (PM)established today, we asked for a few swift measures, including expelling a thousand regime supporters who took part in these riots,” he said in a statement.” “They cannot of course claim to be refugees. They support this regime. If they support it so much, they can return to the country of their origin.” Ref: GulfNew
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  3. Subject: ” Ethiopian Airlines responds to allegations about flight to Hong Kong” September 3, 2023a).

    Here IS what I know about Ethiopian Airlines, 4 Sept 2023
    a). Ethiopian Airlines is one of the few superior Quality Airlines. around the Globe . YES, around the Globe.

    b). The history of the DEVELOPMENT of Ethiopian Airlines is simply. extraordinarily superb — unmatched anywhere.

    c). And no one can take that extraordinary historical success away from ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES .

    d). And I know a little bit — despite being an outsider — about the extraordinary success of the Airlines, which was, initially,
    undertaken by administration of foreign staff (Americans, who deserve every praise for their initial dedication. )

    e). To repeat, the development of EAL. is simply MIRACULOUS, taken over by dedicated INDIGENOUS people of
    complete devotion, unparalleled anywhere. >>>> YES “UNPARALLELED ”

    f). And the Globe is a witness.
    ——————-FULL STOP ——————–

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