Ethiopian Airline Plane with 139 passengers skids off Ugandan runway

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Entebbe, Uganda – A plane carrying 139 people skidded off the runway when it landed Thursday at Entebbe International airport in Uganda.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight was landing at Entebbe airport at 12:41 a.m. Thursday (4:41 p.m. ET Wednesday) when it “overshot the runway,” according to Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority.

All passengers and crew on the Boeing 737-800 plane with registration number ET-ATV/ Flight number ET338 disembarked safely, but the incident affected inbound international flights earlier in the day.

The plane was coming from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines said there was no damage to the airplane, but the reason for the incident is being investigated.

The Civil Aviation Authority in Uganda later posted on Twitter that the aircraft had been removed and normal operations had resumed.

The airline apologized for the mishap and said alternative arrangements have been made for passengers.

“We apologize to our valued customers who were onboard for the inconvenience,” the airline said in a statement.

Adding that, “An alternative flight was being arranged to complete the return flight and rebook passengers who were booked to travel from Entebbe to Addis Ababa.”

Ethiopian Airlines — Africa’s largest carrier in passenger numbers, recently launched new routes from Addis Ababa to Chicago, Jakarta and Geneva in 2018, and is looking to make Addis Ababa a transport hub, connecting other African countries without a long-haul capacity to destinations around the world.

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