Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has released a statement on the events leading to the fire incident at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport involving one for its aircraft.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-200 Freighter performing a routine cargo operation from Pudong Shanghai to Sao Paolo-Santiago via Addis Ababa caught fire on the 22nd of July 2020.
Ethiopia Airlines regrets the fire incident and the damage to ET-ARH B777 cargo aircraft at Shanghai Pudong Airport. However, we are grateful that all flying and ground crew are safe. Ethiopian Airlines is proud of its flying crew for correctly following relevant procedures in handling the incident, reads the statement.
The Chinese Authorities have since commenced the investigations into the events that led to the fire on the aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines has also dispatched a team of experts from Addis Ababa to assist with the investigations.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established and the airline has released these details, “in the final stages of taxi-out fire was detected in the main deck. The crew reported to ATC and the handling company and asked for help as per procedure”.
Airport emergency services and handling services arrived on the scene and attended to the fire. Ethiopian Airlines added that the fire damaged the upper structure of the six year old aircraft.
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