Ethiopian Airlines cancels Lilongwe-Cairo flight after fault: Black box found from crashed flight

Scores of passengers who were supposed to board an Ethiopian Airline aircraft from Lilongwe to Cairo  through Addis Ababa were stranded on Sunday at Kamuzu International Airport  in Lilongwe after the airline cancelled the flight.

Ethiopia Airlines flight had developed fault

The Ethiopian Airline general manager in Malawi has confirmed the cancellation, saying the ET 876 aircraft developed a fault.

“It was a minor fault but we did not want to take a chance, this is why we cancelled the flight until Monday when another aircraft will be coming,” said the general manager.

The passengers are expected to leave Monday afternoon.

The general manager could however not say what the fault was but it came barely hours after the company’s Boeing 737 flying from Ethiopia to Kenya crashed, killing all 157 people on board.

BBC says Ethiopian authorities are yet to establish the cause of the crash, just 10 minutes into the air with 149 passengers and eight crew members.

Ethiopian Airlines run the Malawi aircrafts in a public/private sector agreement.

The airlines, the biggest in Africa, has a good safety record and the BBC says the aircraft was new, it was delivered to the airlines in November last year.

Another new Boeing 737 crashed in Indonesia last year.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian state-run TV is reporting that crews have recovered the black box from the plane that crashed Sunday.

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Bolero
Bolero
3 years ago

Ethiopian does not fly from Lilongwe to Cairo via Kigali. It is Lilongwe – Addis Ababa full stop. You have to connect in Addis Ababa to other destinations. Besides, grounding it in Lilongwe was only precautionary

Billy Mushani
Billy Mushani
3 years ago
Reply to  Bolero

Its was only delayed it departed at 21:30 same day Sunday and arrived addis 01:35. according to a friend who was in the same plane.

Chris
Chris
3 years ago
Reply to  Bolero

Where is Kigali in the article?

Chatsalira
Chatsalira
3 years ago

The flight from Lilongwe to Cairo via Kigali!!!
Am I missing something?

JOHN
JOHN
3 years ago
Reply to  Chatsalira

WHERE IS IT WRITTEN KIGALI? I CANT SEE KIGALI ANYWHERE IN THE ARTICLE! AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?

Chatsalira
Chatsalira
3 years ago
Reply to  JOHN

Originally they had included Kigali. they have edited it.

Mboba
Mboba
3 years ago
Reply to  Chatsalira

u r missing a lot

BigMan
BigMan
3 years ago

My brothers and sisters, fear not, God remains in control. Airplanes remain the safest travel option on earth (statistically). Death comes in many forms, need not fear it.

Mavuto
Mavuto
3 years ago

Lilongwe-Cairo????

No direct route by ET.

Please do research properly

Educated Northerner
Educated Northerner
3 years ago
Reply to  Mavuto

Mavuto! Munadzudzula kale musanawerenge. He wrote “through Addis Ababa.” Ngakhale akakwele plane yina koma company will be the same (Ethiopian airlines). Mwina a Mavuto muli ndi vuto lakumvetsetsa, pepani.

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
3 years ago

These guys run the airline line mini bus drivers hence its cheap! They never complained about chelika safety issue like SAA did! African run businesses.

njoka phiri
njoka phiri
3 years ago

it was the same BOENG MODEL ….gaaash

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