Home | News    Sunday 9 January 2011

Emirates Airbus plane bumps into Ethiopia’s new Boeing

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 8, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – A recently delivered Ethiopia’s new Boeing 777-200 LR, one of the first ever owned by an African airliner, has collided with an Emirates’ Airbus A340 at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport.

The incident happened on Tuesday when the Emirates plane, bound for Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, prepared and accidently bumped into the standing Ethiopian Boeing which had earlier landed from the US.

On January 5 The Reporter, a bi-weekly Ethiopian newspaper reported - The Emirates airbus hit the Boeing 777 on its tail Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) with its left wing, while heading to the runway to take-off. The airbus’ left wing began to smoke and could not take off until it underwent maintenance.

Following the incident, the Ethiopian Boeing was forced to cancel its flight scheduled to take off at 10:15PM to the US. It said the tail of the plane was cracked by about 15 cm.

However, speaking to Sudan Tribune a worker who witnessed the incident on a condition of anonymity downplayed the report saying as “only a minor accident”.

“What was reported on the newspaper is a total exaggeration” he said adding “unlike was reported it was just a slight touch and the Ethiopian plane has soon after resumed its service after a little maintenance.”

In an attempt to realize its ambition of being continent’s leading air travel company and expand its fleet and broaden its network, the Ethiopian airline is investing in additional planes.

A year ago, the Ethiopian Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in the industry, ordered five Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, at a cost of $1.3 billion. Since November it has received two of five ordered, making the horn nation the first African carrier to own and operate the long-range aircraft.

According to the Ethiopian airliner, using the 777-200LR, the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, the flag carrier will be able to make a non-stop flight to new long-haul destinations such as Washington, D.C. and Beijing.

Manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Powered by General Electric GE90-115 engines, the 777-200LR is the world’s largest twin engine and long-range airliner with a capacity of connecting any two cities nonstop. It is the world’s largest twinjet and is commonly referred to as the "Triple Seven".

The aircraft seats over 300 passengers and has a range from 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,370 km) depending on the model.

Ethiopian Airlines is also the first airline in Africa to operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Currently it has 46 aircraft operating and another 36 on order.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 10 January 2011 22:43, by Paul Ongee

    Why P.E (Pilot Error)? When a pilot is going into the run-way, he/she has to accurately judge the distance between the moving plane and the parked one. The reported minor scratch could even develop into problem during flight. It’s good that it has undergone maintenance immediately.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The political calculations of Sudan’s military regime 2019-04-22 20:37:26 How Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown and what happens next in Sudan By Ahmed H Adam* On April 11, after 30 years in power, the longstanding dictator, General Omar al-Bashir, was (...)

Will the military or the people lead Sudan? 2019-04-22 16:25:04 Support by regional and international partners will be critical to address the economic crisis, as well as the reformation of government institutions, ministries and security agencies By Ahmed (...)

Will uprising in Sudan provide a new political dispensation? 2019-04-20 06:25:31 By Luka Kuol* The recent wave of uprising in some African countries shows the new means of contesting the African rulers who stayed in power for so long and are hardly to be unseated through the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)

Sudan Protests: Investigate the custodial death of three University students 2019-03-13 12:53:14 The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) Sudan Protests: Urgent call for investigations into the custodial death of three University students and alleged torture of detainees by (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.