An Ethiopian Airlines plane incidentally arrived at an unopened air terminal. Visiting CNN’s site on Wednesday (04/07/2021), the air terminal is as yet under development in Zambia.
This freight plane departure from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport, Ndola, Zambia rather arrived at Zambia’s new unan disclosed Copperbelt International Airport.
The plane numbered ET 3891 landed securely at the new air terminal, Ethiopian Airlines added. Copperbelt International Airport is roughly 13 miles (km) from Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport.
The secretary of Zambia’s Transport Ministry, Misheck Lungu, told afp news office that the pilot had arrived at the unopened air terminal “accidentally.”
“At the point when he was going to land, he (the pilot) spoke with the radar and they said, ‘We can’t see you all,'” Lungu said. Thus, the freight plane pilot utilized his own vision since he had no control and arrived at an air terminal that was as yet under development.
Ethiopian Airlines said, “Despite the fact that subtleties of the episode are being explored as a team with the Zambian Aeronautics Authority, the way that there is no NOTAM (notice to the pilots) in regards to the development of another air terminal that has a similar runway direction as the current one and the vicinity of the distance of the two air terminals may have added to the occurrence.”
“As usual, Ethiopian Airlines views flight wellbeing appropriately and regards it as a main concern. Thusly, we will take all important restorative and preventive measures in accordance with the discoveries of the examination,” the assertion added.
The new air terminal in Zambia was initially planned to be finished in October 2020, as per Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL), which deals with the country’s worldwide air terminal. However, pademi constrained the deferral of development. ZACL said the development of the office will be finished for this present year.
The new air terminal where the plane landed has a runway prepared for use. Until a month ago, development of different offices had been finished in any event 88%.
ZACL said that the new air terminal, initially named Copperbelt International Airport, will currently embrace its current name, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport. In the mean time, the old air terminal got back to its unique name Ndola International Airport and later was not, at this point utilized for business flights.