Ethiopian Airlines has noted that wind and rain were present when a Bombardier Q400 suffered a runway excursion during take-off from Juba, resulting in substantial damage to the turboprop.
The aircraft (ET-AQC) had been bound for Ethiopian’s hub at Addis Ababa as flight ET357 on 10 December.
Ethiopian states that the Q400 suffered an “incident” during take-off when it “skidded to the side of the runway” at around 17:15.
It departed the runway and came to rest in a field, listing to the left side, with its main landing-gear having apparently collapsed. The aircraft has also sustained propeller and fuselage damage.
Passengers and crew were “disembarked safely”, says the airline. “We have learned that the weather was windy and rainy.”
Juba airport’s operator has not given the official meteorological conditions at the time. The aircraft was delivered to the carrier in 2012, according to Cirium’s fleets data.