An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft has suffered a runway excursion at Juba International Airport this evening. Wet conditions are being blamed for the accident, which has caused extensive damage to the aircraft. All passengers and crew are said to have deplaned safely.
Images are circulating online of a worrying incident in South Sudan. An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft has ended up some way off the runway, embedded in a grassy field and listing to one side. Close up images appear to show some damage to the landing gear and fuselage.
Although details on the incident are somewhat scant at the moment, online comments suggest the aircraft was taking off when something happened to cause the runway excursion. Comments online suggest the weather was very bad as the pilot tried to take off, making it hard for them to see the runway.
While it’s not easy to see the registration number of the aircraft in the photos, we do know it was a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400. If it was indeed in the process of taking off, this would put the flight as likely ET357 from Juba to Addis Ababa (ADD), which should have departed around 17:15 this evening.
Flight Radar shows the status of this flight as ‘unknown’. There was a further Ethiopian Airlines flight scheduled this evening to Addis, so we expect a number of the passengers were accommodated on the second flight. However, Ethiopian Airlines themselves are being somewhat quiet, much to the annoyance of some of the friends and relatives of the passengers.