Mechanical glitch forces Ethiopian jet to return to Beirut

BEIRUT (AFP) — An Ethiopian Airlines plane was forced to return to Lebanon after takeoff early on Thursday when crew noticed a door was rattling, a Beirut airport official said.

“The door had not been closed properly and some five minutes after takeoff, the pilot was able to return and land in Beirut safely and without having to signal an emergency,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Boeing 737-800 — the same model as an Ethiopian Airlines jet which crashed off the Lebanese coast in January killing all 90 on board — took off at around 4:30 am (0130 GMT) bound for Addis Ababa.

“The flight was delayed another six hours before it was cleared for takeoff,” the official said.

On January 25, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashed only minutes after taking off from Beirut in bad weather, killing all 83 passengers and seven crew.

The preliminary report based on an analysis of black box data indicates a series of errors led to the fatal crash, including the two pilots’ inexperience with the jet, a source close to the investigation told AFP last month.

3 thoughts on “Mechanical glitch forces Ethiopian jet to return to Beirut

  1. menelik on

    The comment added in the last paragraph seems misleading. An official report is not yet released. Let us refrain from giveing such comments. It might be destructive of the actual fact.

  2. Tesfa on

    Well done to the pilot and crew. Good news for the passengers, the crew and their loved ones.


  3. Dan on

    The two Ethiopian pilots are experinced, especialy the captain has over twenty years of experience. The infamous AFP most probably got it’s misinformation from one of the Lebanese officials who blamed the sabotage on bad weather first and minutes later blamed the pilot. Based on the troubled history of that region sabotage can not be ruled out.

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