(CNN) — An Ethiopian Airways airplane mistakenly landed at an unopened airport nonetheless below development in Zambia, the provider confirmed Monday.
The flight — a cargo service touring from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and destined for Ndola, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport — as an alternative landed Sunday at Zambia’s new Copperbelt Worldwide Airport, which has not but been inaugurated, the airline stated in a press release.
The flight — ET 3891 — made a secure touchdown within the new airport, Ethiopian Airways added.
The Copperbelt Worldwide Airport is about 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport by automotive.
The transport ministry’s everlasting secretary Misheck Lungu instructed the AFP information company that the pilot had landed on the unopened airport “by error.”
“When he was about to land he was speaking with the radar they usually instructed him, ‘We won’t see you,'” Lungu instructed AFP.
“So he used his sight as he had no management and landed at an airport nonetheless below development.”
Ethiopian Airways stated: “Though particulars of the incident are below investigation in coordination with the Zambian Aeronautical Authorities, the truth that there was no NOTAM (discover to airmen) issued relating to the development of the brand new airport which has the identical runway heading orientation with the present one and the shut proximity between the 2 airports might have contributed to the incident.”
“As all the time Ethiopian Airways takes flight security very critically and treats it as the highest most precedence and accordingly it’ll take all crucial corrective and preventive measures in keeping with the findings of the investigation,” the assertion added.
The brand new airport was due for completion in October 2020, in accordance with Zambia Airports Company Restricted (ZACL), which manages the nation’s worldwide airports. However development was delayed due to the pandemic, with the power due for completion this yr, ZACL instructed CNN.
The brand new airport that the airplane landed at has a runway that’s totally full, ZACL added, and, as of final month, the remainder of the power is at the least 88% full.
ZACL stated the brand new airport, which was initially to be named Copperbelt Worldwide Airport, is now as a result of undertake the identify of the present one — Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport — with the unique website reverting to its authentic identify of Ndola Worldwide Airport and not getting used for business flights.