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Ethiopia - ET Flight 409 Accident Update 5 - 25 January, 2010

January 25th, 2010

Ethiopia - ET Flight 409 Accident Update 5 - 25 January, 2010

08:24 PM - Local Time

Ethiopian Airlines would like to express its deepest sympathy for the passengers and family members affected by the unfortunate accident of ET-409 on January 25, 2010 en-route to Addis from Beirut.

A team of experts from Ethiopian has arrived in Beirut and has reported that the Lebanese government and its army together with the UN security forces in Beirut are aggressively engaged in the search efforts for survivors at the accident scene. It has been established that 25 bodies have been recovered. 14 have been identified as six Ethiopians and eight Lebanese nationals.

The Ethiopian team is working closely with all concerned offices to provide assistance and support to the family and friends of victims affected by the unfortunate accident. Further information may be obtained from the Ethiopian Airlines Emergency call center +27 11 635 2000.

The pilot of flight ET409 was a career flight professional with over 20 years of experience flying various aircraft over the expanded network of the airline. The aircraft B737-800 with registration number ET-ANB involved in the accident has had its regular maintenance service as recently as December 25, 2009 at the maintenance facilities of the National carrier and was declared safe and fit to fly. The airline’s maintenance service holds excellent safety records.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Mombasa and Monrovia, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 35 cities in Africa and a total of 56 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.

Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and “Airline of the year award” from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five.

In August, 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

Ethiopia - ET Flight 409 Accident Update 4 - 25 January, 2010

January 25th, 2010

Ethiopia - ET Flight 409 Accident Update 4 - 25 January, 2010

10:23 AM - Local Time

Ethiopian’s Chief Executive Officer, Ato Girma Wake held a press conference this morning at the Ethiopian Headquarters and provided further details relative to ET-409’s accident in Beirut. In opening the conference, Ato Girma said that “We are very sorry to have you here this morning under this tragic circumstance involving this unfortunate accident. Let me first extend my deepest sympathy to the family members and friends of the victims”. He added that, “The Lebanese Government has formed a rescue team lead by the Ministry of Transport. Also taking part in this rescue mission are the Lebanese Defense force including the Navy and the UN peace keeping force in the region.”

Ato Girma also reported that a team of Aircraft Accident Handling and Crisis Management experts will be traveling to Beirut from London. The team consisting of 8 people from BLAKE Emergency services is proceeding from London to Beirut today to assist with the rescue mission and establish a family assistance center to help the families.

Ethiopian emergency call center telephone number: +27 11 6352000

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Mombasa and Monrovia, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 35 cities in Africa and a total of 56 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.

Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and “Airline of the year award” from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five.

In August, 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

ET Flight 409 Accident Update 2

January 25th, 2010

ET Flight 409 Accident Update 2 - 25 January, 2010

08:15 AM - Local Time

Ethiopian regrets to confirm the unfortunate accident of ET-409 which took place shortly after departure from Beirut International Airport today January 25, 2010. An investigative team has already arrived at the scene.

An emergency command center has been formed at the Ethiopian Headquarters. Information can be found at:-

+251 11 517 8766,
+251 91 150 1248,
+251 91 125 5577,
+251 91 120 3412 or
our toll free number +251 11 662 0062

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Mombasa and Monrovia, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 35 cities in Africa and a total of 56 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.

Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and “Airline of the year award” from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five.

In August, 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines ET 409 Incident - ET Press Release

January 25th, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines ET 409 Incident - ET Press Release

Ethiopian flight ET-409 scheduled to operate from Beirut to Addis Ababa on January 25th lost contact with the Lebanese air controllers shortly after take off. The flight departed at 02:35 Lebanese time from Beirut International Airport.

Flight ET-409 carries 82 passenger plus 8 Ethiopian Crew members. Out of the total passengers 23 are Ethiopian, 51 Lebanese, 1 Turkish, 1 French, 2 British, 1 Russian, 1 Canadian, 1 Syrian, 1 Iraqi nationals.

A team is already working on gathering all pertinent information. An investigative team has already been dispatched to the scene and we will release further information as further updates are received.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Mombasa and Monrovia, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 35 cities in Africa and a total of 56 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.

Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and “Airline of the year award” from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five.

In August, 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

For more information about this press release, please contact call center or emergency number: +251 11 517 8766, +251 91 150 1248, +251 91 125 5577, +251 91 120 3412


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Ethiopia - Ethiopian Airliner Crashes after take off from Beirut - Report

January 24th, 2010


Ethiopian Airliner Crashes after take off from Beirut - Report

Reuters reports that an Ethiopian airliner crashed shortly after taking off Beirut airport with 85 passengers on board. Sources told Reuters that about 50 of the passengers were Lebanese and the rest mostly Ethiopians.

This is still a breaking news and it will be updates as more details become available.

The last accident involving Ethiopian airliner was in 1996 when an Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was hijacked on 23 November 1996 en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on a Bombay - Addis Ababa - Nairobi - Brazzaville - Lagos - Abidjan route, by three Ethiopians seeking political asylum. The plane crash-landed in the Indian Ocean near Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125 of the 175 passengers and crew on board.

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