Ethiopian Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Senegal

The plane which had taken off from the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass, Senegal, was forced to return after developing a technical problem./ Getty

An Ethiopian Airlines plane was on Tuesday forced to make an emergency landing at the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass, Senegal, after developing a technical problem, the airline confirmed.

“Ethiopian Airlines B767-300 aircraft with registration number ET-AMG and flight number ET908 on a regular scheduled service from Diass, Senegal en-route to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via Bamako, Mali on 08 October 2019 returned from flight to the same airport (Diass, Senegal) due to a technical problem,” a statement from the airline said.

While the airline did not give further details on the incident, reports indicate that one of the plane’s engines had caught fire after take-off, prompting the pilot to return to the airport.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Amateur pictures shared on social media showed the plane back on the ground, with firefighting personnel seemingly putting out a fire.

The statement from the company said it was re-booking the passengers to other flights.

The latest incident comes following another tragic one in March, where another Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.