Flights resume at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport after Ethiopian plane overshot runway

By New vision’s Geoffrey Mutegeki

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) the plane was removed from the runway end at 10.15 am and flight operations resumed.

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The plane after being removed from the run way

Flight operations have resumed at Entebbe Airport following an early morning landing mishap involving Ethiopian airline, which caused over 10 hours flight delay.

Several flights were delayed when the Ethiopian Airlines Flight No. ET 338, a Boeing 737-800 Aircraft, overshot the runway on landing at 12.41 am.

Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir, is among the passenger plane companies that had cancelled their flights to Entebbe as it announced on its twitter handle.

“Due to the runway closure of the Entebbe airport since 2207 GMT, we had to cancel our flights to Entebbe. All affected pax [passengers] will be rebooked on other available flights and travel once the runway becomes operational. We sincerely apologize for all inconveniences caused,” RwandAir stated via twitter on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) the plane was removed from the runway end at 10.15 am and flight operations resumed.

“Please proceed with your scheduled flight in and out of Entebbe International Airport,” reads a twitter post on CAA’s account.

It took over 10 hours for flight operations to be restored as technicians worked to restore sanity including towing the plane to the ramp.

CAA’s Public Relations Manager Vianney Luggya said all 139 passengers and crew aboard were safely deplaned.

All incoming flights to Entebbe airport were delayed or rerouted to neighboring airports.

The cause of the incident is not yet known.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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