ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed its 777F freighter aircraft caught on fire at a Chinese airport on Wednesday.
“Ethiopian airlines B777 freighter aircraft with the registration number of ET-ARH caught fire while loading cargo at Pudong Shanghai International Airport today,” it said.
The aircraft was on a regular schedule cargo service from shanghai to Sao Paulo-Santiago.
Evident from a few videos that were shared on Chinese social media, the fire looks to have originated from the main cargo deck and has burnt through the upper fuselage.
All the ground staff and flying crew are safe, the airlines said adding that a collaborative effort with Chinese officials contained the fire.
“The cause of the incident is under investigation by the appropriate authorities,” it said.