An Air France A380 plane from Ivory Coast en route France was forced to turn back on Sunday, March 10, 2019 following an engine failure.
The said flight was carrying more than 500 passengers from Abidjan to Paris, but was forced to land after the fault was detected mid-air.
Reports suggest flames were seen coming from the Air France A380, which forced the plane to turn back.
“It is what is called an engine blow-out,” Air France-KLM manager for West Africa Jean-Luc Mevellec is quoted as saying by AFP.
“It happens from time to time. It is a well-known phenomenon, well understood and crew are well trained on simulators all year long to deal with this time of fault,” he added.
Explaining further, Baudelaire Mieu, a journalist with Bloomberg News, said: “We were flying over Niger (to Paris)… I saw a ball of flame for a few seconds and then a large bang on the left side of the aircraft.
“The plane began to roll, everything was shaking and people started to panic. The pilot came on and said ‘We have just lost a left side engine. We are returning to Abidjan.”
A spokesperson for Ethiopian Airlines said among the dead in the crash are 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.
It was also later confirmed that there were 31 other nationalities among those on board the new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane that crashed
According to authorities, the victims include 18 Canadians; eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.
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