Ethiopian Boeing 737 Overruns Runway with 139 on Board

Photo: Sadab Kitatta

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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800, performing flight from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Entebbe (Uganda) with 139 people on board, overran runway on landing.

  • Aircraft landed on Entebbe’s runway 17 (length 12,000 feet/3,658 meters) at 00:38L (21:38Z Jan 2nd) but overran the end of the runway and came to a stop about 125 meters/400 feet past the runway end with all gear on soft ground.
  • There were no injuries, the passengers disembarked via stairs onto soft ground and were taken to the terminal.
  • The airline confirmed the incident reporting the aircraft “skidded off the runway by a few meters”. All passengers and crew disembarked safely, were taken to the terminal and cleared normally. The aircraft was not damaged.
  • A passenger reported: “ET338 almost crashed into Lake Victoria after running off the runway. All the people came out with mud on their feet.”
  • The runway was closed for about 10 hours until the aircraft was towed to the apron.