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Statement on Incident ET-ARH – Shanghai Pudong Airport

Addis Ababa, 23 July 2020

Ethiopian 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 crew and ground staff are safe. Ethiopian Airlines is proud of its flying crew for correctly following the relevant procedures in handling the incident.

Although proper investigation has been started by the country of occurrence and the country of registration and operation, preliminary information revealed that in the final preparation for taxi out, fire was detected in the main deck.  The crew reported to ATC and the handling company and asked for help as per the procedure. Meanwhile, the fire spread in the cabin until the handling company and the airport emergency unit arrived  at the scene of the incident. The fire damaged the upper structure of the aircraft before it was brought under control by the airport emergency services.

The aircraft, Boeing B777- 200F with registration ET-ARH was original dedicated cargo aircraft acquired by Ethiopian Airlines brand new from the Boeing factory in October 2014.  The aircraft had clean maintenance log book since previous flights.

While  authorities in China are investigating the cause of the incident, a team of experts has been dispatched from Addis Ababa to assist in the investigation.

Addis Ababa, 22 July 2020

Ethiopian Airlines B777 freighter aircraft with registration number ET-ARH caught fire while loading cargo at Pudong Shanghai airport today, July 22, 2020. The aircraft was on a regular scheduled cargo service from Shanghai to Sao Paulo-Santiago via Addis Ababa. All ground staff and flying crew are safe.

Ethiopian has collaborated with all concerned authorities and contained the fire.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the appropriate authorities.

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