Ethiopian Airlines plane seriously damaged in landing incident

Ethiopian Airlines plane seriously damaged in landing incident Ethiopian Airlines

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-400 freighter, operating for Togolese carrier ASKY, skidded off the runway at Accra in Ghana on Saturday, causing substantial damage to the aircraft.

ET-AQV was operating ASKY flight number KP4016 from Lome to Accra when the incident occurred at 11:05 local time Jan. 10.

According to Ethiopian Airlines, the aircraft “skidded off of the runway with flat tires upon landing,” but the crew disembarked safety and returned to their hotel after undergoing medical checks.

“Three persons (flight crew) were onboard the aircraft, but no casualties were recorded,” according to The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, which added that “preliminary investigations are underway to determine the cause of the incident.”

Images from the scene show the aircraft resting on its belly in a grassy area, with substantial damage to its nose, wings and engines. The starboard engine appears to have detached and is resting in front of the aircraft nose, while the cowling is lying near the forward fuselage, in front of the starboard wing.

ASKY, which is one of Ethiopian Airlines’ equity partners, launched operations in 2010 and started cargo services from its Lome hub in late 2013. All of ASKY’s aircraft are leased from Ethiopian Airlines.

This latest accident will be a further blow for Ethiopian Airlines, which suffered a fire on one of its Boeing 787s parked at Heathrow in July 2013 and had one of its Boeing 767-300ER hijacked by a co-pilot seeking asylum in February 2014.

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