Friday, July 19, 2013

Ethiopian airline plane makes rough landing after fire threat

(July 18, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA))--An Ethiopian Airline plane from the capital Addis Ababa to the northern tourist town of Axum was forced to make a rough landing on Wednesday after its smoke sensors went off minutes before landing, an airline official told Sudan Tribune.

The plane, a Bombardier Q400 with 78 passengers and crew on board, made the landing after alarms went off went off to warn of smoke in one of its wings.

“The smoke sensors in the aircraft indicated a fire alarm one minute before landing” the official who decline to be named said adding, “the left wing of the plane was smoking and one engine was not functioning properly” The official said the cause of the smoke is under investigation. By the time of filing this report, Ethiopian Airlines had not made an official statement over the incident.

“We could see smoke coming out of the plane’s wing. Everybody panicked. It was a very scary incident,” said Rigaet Haile-aeb, one of the passengers on board told the Sudan Tribune by phone. Read more from Sudan Tribune »

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