DELHI- Flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) flight operated by Boeing 787 from Delhi Airport (DEL) to Addis Ababa (ADD) made an emergency landing back at DEL after the flight crew witnessed smoke inside the cockpit.
The Africa’s largest carrier operates two daily flights between Delhi and Addis Ababa. Further, it deploys its widebody fleet, including Boeing 787-8, 787-9, and sometimes 777.
Ethiopian 787 Emergency Landing at Delhi
A passenger who was on the flight informed PTI that the aircraft returned to the airport shortly after takeoff and performed an emergency landing. The passenger, requesting anonymity, mentioned, “There was smoke, and a lot of passengers became anxious.”
According to PTI sources, there were over 240 individuals on board the flight. Now, let us establish a flight timeline using FlightRadar24 data.
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET687 took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (DEL) at around 9:16 PM UTC. Immediately after takeoff, the flight crew detected smoke inside the cockpit. The flight hardly reached 7,000 feet and immediately decided to make an emergency landing.
Subsequently, the flight returned to Delhi at around 9:32 PM UTC, within 16 minutes of departure.
The aircraft involved in the incident is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, registered as ET-AOR. Further, it is an 11-year-old aircraft and is named ‘Addis Ababa.’ As per FR24 data, the aircraft is still on the ground at Delhi Airport.
Earlier this month, American Airlines (AA) Boeing 737 operating flight AA1616 from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Kansas City, Missouri, with 171 passengers on board, reported smoke in the cabin.
During the initial climb at an altitude of FL310 after departing from Charlotte, the flight crew decided to return to Charlotte.
They reported smoke inside the cabin, which they suspected was a result of an engine (CFM56) #2 compressor stall.
Despite the engine still running, the smoke had gradually dissipated. The aircraft safely landed back on runway 36L at Charlotte approximately 50 minutes after taking off.
The aircraft involved in the incident is a Boeing 737-800, registered as N815NN. Further, it is 13.8 years old and is powered by CFMI engines.
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