An Ethiopian Airlines flight that took off from Delhi to Addis Ababa suffered smoke in the cockpit, prompting a return back to the Indian airport.
Ethiopian Flight Delhi-Addis Ababa Suffers Smoke in Cockpit…
ET-AOR was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner operating Ethiopian flight ET687 to Addis Ababa from Delhi.
As per data from Planespotters.net, the jet is 11 years old at the time of writing, having been delivered to the airline in October 2012.
The aircraft seats 24 passengers in Business and 246 in Economy and is the -8 variant of the Dreamliner series.
Ethiopian currently has a fleet of 29 787 Dreamliners, consisting of 19 -8s and 10 -9s.
On departure from Delhi, the aircraft climbed out to around 7,000 feet before smoke was observed onboard, prompting a circuit-like return back to the Indian airport.
Sources stated that there was smoke found both in the cockpit and also in the cabin too, with it being unclear where the smoke path actually started.
At the time of writing (14/9/23), the aircraft is still on the ground in Delhi, with no indication into when it will be returning to Addis Ababa.
Maintenance technicians will need to establish where the smoke has come from, and what repairs will be needed to ensure the safety of the aircraft on its next rotation.
For now, all eyes are on the airline to see how long this jet will be grounded for, and whether a fix can be made safely and quickly.
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