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Asmara Airport Resumes Service After Yemenia Airbus Incident

Yemenia Airbus A330-200 registration 70-ADP went off the runway at Asmara Airport

Asmara Airport Resumes Service After Yemenia Plane Incident 

After landing safely at Asmara International Airport, Yemenia Airbus A330-200, registration 7O-ADP, veered off the runway resulting in damage that disabled the aircraft.

The plane was attempting turn around at the end of the runway when the nose and left landing gear went off the paved surface.

Asmara Airport was closed as result until early Thursday, when the aircraft was repaired and removed from the runway.

The plane has since returned to Yemen and has commenced service.

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  1. One of my close relatives was on this flight. He said he wasn't injured.

  2. 23 years in power HGDEF hasn´t been able to add a single runaway to Asmara airport?. And it took several days to remove one aircraft from the runway, and it is still called international airport?. May god save us from this incompetence leadership of one man rule. Google pic of Asmara airport severed only by one runway (source tesfanews).

  3. This incident is not a good sign. Shows incompetence by the runway crew. Good to hear everyone is safe but safety procedure was not followed.

    There is a reason majority people want 4 star Airline Lufthansa rather than the sub-par airlines Yemenia, Egypt Air and potentially Eritrean airlines.

  4. Yemenia has a good safety record. It flies all over the world and has a good safety record. The problem may be that we have to build a new airport in Asmara. Frankly, it is about time to build a bigger airport with more runways that can accommodate bigger aircrafts like Boeing 747 and 767.

  5. ??runway crew??? ... i though it was the pilot's fault ... as there are no runway crew present at this point, it's only the pilot who is in control at this point, until they make the second turn and enter the parking space, at which point the runway crew direct the plane to the exact point to park ... maybe a 4 star as you put it would make less mistake but this as far as i could see had nothing to do with the runway crew

  6. I also can't wait for Turkish Airlines to start service this month. That is a world-class airline that flies all over the world with connections from the United States, Middle East and anywhere in Asia.
    It is one of the top airlines in the world.

  7. Turkish Airline, which will be flying to Asmara starting this month was voted the best airline in Europe for third year in a row by European passengers. Here is the source for the ranking.

    So Eritrea will soon be getting a world-class airline that will be making daily flights to Asmara with connections in all major European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern cities.

    The ranking of the best airlines in Europe voted by European passengers is below.

    The Best Airlines in EUROPE:

    1. Turkish Airlines

    2. Lufthansa

    3. Swiss

    4. British Airways

    5. Aegean Airlines

    6. Austrian

    7. Finnair

    8. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

    9. Virgin Atlantic Airways

    10. Air France

  8. Some Eritreans are hardheaded. They still believe Lufthansa is the best when other airlines are just as good if not better than them. Qatar Airways is also a good airline. Look for them to start flying to Eritrea sometime around July.

  9. Runway crew had nothing to do with this. This is pilot error. I do agree with you that Eritrea should invest in a new airport and build hotels near the airport.

    T-shaped runway with a taxiway in the middle is what you build when you don't have the funds to build a parallel taxiway. They are very common in Africa and parts of Asia, and basically nonexistent anywhere with jet service in North America and Western Europe. It's likely that the runway was never extended because the taxiway is basically at the midpoint of the runway.

  10. Lufthansa is a good airline but like you said, it is not the only one. I think Turkish may actually have more connections from the United States, Middle East and Europe - which is where most of our citizens live.

  11. Where Is Z CruiseMay 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    We say Luftansa is good b/s the service, safety, and above all the connections from all over the world is much better than all airlines that has been flying to Eritrea. I have heard many people (Ethiopians mainly) complained about discrimination they faced in Turkey Airport.

  12. Where Is Z CruiseMay 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Why should we build an airport that could facilitate for 747? Do you know how much it cost to build an Airport with such run way? Do you know how much it cost to maintain it? What the government should do is just to moderately upgrade the airport. Today asmara airport is a joke. I don't even call it airport, I call it "idaga iklli".

  13. You don't know what you're talking about. Massawa Airport can accommodate a 747. Building an airport runway or tarmac is just like constructing a road. It doesn't cost much to maintain it either. I believe if built it would pay for itself because it would compete with Ethiopia for business. Fact is, if you're coming from Asia or Middle East, Asmara is closer than Addis as a transfer point. It would give airlines another option and they would gladly take it.

  14. Where is Z Cruise is the local village idiot on Madote. He doesn't know what he's talking about yet continues to talk about it just to bash Eritrea and the government. People suspect he's Tigraway (Ethiopian) pretending to be Eritrean. It's either that or he's mentally challenged.

  15. Hopefully, the GoE can take this as a sign to build a new airport. The current one is too small and dated (ugly). Studies show first impressions do matter. For most people, the airport is the first impression they will have of Eritrea. We should make ours the best of the best so their impressions of the country is shaped with a positive one. It's time the GoE conducts a feasibility study on building a modern airport in Asmara.

  16. WhereIs Z CruiseMay 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    The cause of the accident is not known yet. It could be technical issue, ground personal error or pilot error. Such kind of accident happen often all over the world.

    Btw, what the hell is the red crane doing there???

  17. Where Is Z CruiseMay 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM


    Unlike you an Eritrean by "meskiruley", I am Eritrean by generations. You moron, headless chicken- do not know anything about airport or aviation. Constructing a functional airport is not like building a "HIDMO" atta Fuzzo. It cost tons of money and it costs again tons of money to maintain it. Imagine a flying machine that weigh 500 ton (747)) hammer or beat the runway everyday. Do you have an idea what would happen to the run way? If Eritrea was heavily populated and center of business, it could pay for itself, but the Eritrea under HIGDEF where everybody is on the run through the border, I don't think it would be a good idea to build a new airport. There is no use. Learn from Massawa Airport.

  18. I think a simple car jack might not do the job, sir?

  19. LOL @ meskruley

    Sometimes you have a point anta Asha, you kill me

  20. Where Is Z CruiseMay 4, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    KirKir, kabzom b meskiruley dika atta Fuzzo

  21. Where Is Z CruiseMay 4, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Did he/she tell you what happened?

  22. Where Is Z CruiseMay 4, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    You can't jack up an airplane with a car jack mr. Forto Sawa.

  23. Where Is Z CruiseMay 4, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    It seems for me a hydraulic system failure, so the crew lost brakes. Same thing happen to one of our aircraft a year ago.

  24. Eager TravellerMay 4, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    We say yes to Turkish but give me a simple reason :

    As to why a tour to Asmara should cost 13000 while to Addis Abeba cost 5000 for a roundtrip ticket from stockholm?

    As far as the distance is concerned, Asmara is closer to Europe than Addis.

  25. Honestly though demey kab demka ytseri, feger LOL

  26. Isaiasmoron! Please don't reply for those who insult people (Nakfa) they are just losers.
    They love to entertaining them selves by saying Agame or Tigraway. ....(btw I truly believe they say it because they share something with them "sigeom sile zikintiwom iyu").
    Keep on hammering the wild tugs!!!!

  27. Where Is Z CruiseMay 4, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    Wedi Meskiruley shut the heck up and focus to the subject. Fuzzo Papagalo

  28. I fell sorry for Eritreans. Instead of challenge the idea you west your time by talking about who is real Eritrean and who is not. And if same body oppose shabiya it does mean he is Agame. now a day the most I read from Eritrean website, I learn Eritrean have an identity crises.

  29. I fell sorry for you Eritrean, have no airline to compute with any one unlike us. instead you are pray to get a good foreign airline give you a service

  30. Unlike you?
    Leave the ownership to Ethiopians, tgray has no any airplane as far as we know:)

  31. gomida kab texasMay 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    So why did the GOE build a brand new airport in Massawa that has minimal traffic activity? That's fine if it is in preparation for potential high future activity, but like others have pointed out Asmara airport really needs a face lift. I've visited twice and it surely could use some updating. I hope after this incident the GOE will look into this matter.

  32. Don't know Tigiray is part of Ethiopia?

  33. Don't tell this story to asena, they will say there was a coup d'état.

  34. "Asmara Airport Resumes Service After Yemenia Plane Incident"
    "Resumes" is the end story. How come we were not told the beginning of the story which is an incident has happened?

  35. Thank god you're not running the nation. Yes let's have a nice fancy airport while neglecting more pressing concerns like food security, education, health care. In due time, the former will be addressed but Eritrea has bigger things to worry about.

  36. yes, I feel a Tigiraway identity but an Ethiopian nationality.


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