Ethiopian Dash 8 suffers substantial damage during landing at Mekele

A damaged Ethiopian Airlines Dash 8 at Mekele Airport
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An Ethiopian Airlines Dash 8 regional commuter has suffered serious damage whilst landing at Mekele Airport (MQX), Ethiopia.

The aircraft concerned, a Bombardier DHC-8, registered ET-AVS was conducting scheduled regional flight ET106 from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD) to Mekele (MQX).

Runway Excursion on Landing Mekele

On landing the aircraft experienced a runway excursion and suffered the subsequent undercarriage collapse. The events leading to the loss of directional control on landing are not clear at this stage.

No casualties have been reported with respect to the landing incident

No official statement has been made by the carrier, however photographs which surfaced on social media show the extent of the damage to the regional commuter aircraft.

The aircraft, Bombardier DHC-8-402Q, registration ET-AVS is a five-year old twin turboprop regional commuter aircraft belonging to the carrier Ethiopian Airlines. The aircraft has been in service with the national carrier since December 2018.

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Ethiopian Regional Operations

Ethiopian Airlines is the national airline of Ethiopia, headquartered in Addis Ababa. It is the largest airline by passenger numbers in Africa, and the largest cargo airline on the continent.

The national carrier boasts a robust regional network, serving over 60 destinations within Africa, the highest number of any African airline.

Operating from key regional hubs including Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Lomé (Togo), and Lilongwe (Malawi), their regional fleet includes the twin turboprop Bombardier Q400 (Dash 8-400), as well as Boeing 737-800, and Boeing 737 MAX jets.

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