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Flights have resumed at Entebbe International Airport Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Flights have resumed at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport after an Ethiopian Airlines plane was towed off the runway end.

Uganda's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in a tweeter message said the Boeing 737-800 aircraft was removed from the runway end after it overshot it earlier on Thursday.

"Please proceed with your scheduled flight in and out of Entebbe International Airport," the air transport regulator said.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight No. ET 338, overshot the runway on landing at 00:41 a.m. local time (2141 GMT) on Thursday. All the 139 passengers and crew onboard disembarked safe, according to CAA.

The plane was flying from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Works start on removal of plane from runway end at Ugandan airport

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Works have started on the removal of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that overshot the runway on Thursday at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, delaying flights, authorities said.

A statement from Uganda's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that efforts in consultations with Ethiopian Airlines have started to ensure that the aircraft is removed from the runway end so that normal flight operations can resume.

Vianney Luggya, CAA's spokesperson, told Xinhua earlier that Ethiopian Airlines Flight No. ET 338, a Boeing 737-800, overshot the runway on landing at 00:41 a.m. local time (2141 GMT) on Thursday.

All the 139 passengers and crew onboard disembarked safely.

CAA said the incident affected all inbound international flights.
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Flights delayed at Ugandan airport after plane overshoots runway

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- An Ethiopian Airlines plane overshot the runway as it landed at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport on Thursday, causing delay of other flights, a spokesperson said.

Vianney Luggya, spokesperson of Civil Aviation Authority, said that the incident happened at 00:41 a.m. local time (2141 GMT) as the plane landed en route from Ethiopia.

"It was not a crash-landing as some media have reported.

"The plane just overshot the runway," Luggya said, adding that there were no casualties.

The flights to Entebbe were rerouted to Nairobi, Kenya, and a statement would be released to give details about the incident, said Luggya.

             

 

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