An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-300ER skidded off the taxiway at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, shortly after landing.
The left landing gear got stuck in the mud. The aircraft ended slightly off the taxiway into the soft ground while trying to make a turn to get to the gate.
The Boeing 777-300ER, with registration ET-ASL, had landed as flight ET3905 from Addis Ababa to Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport on 2nd June. The aircraft was operating a cargo-only flight.
Video footage shared on the internet shows the airport employees working to clear the mud from the landing gear. The Boeing 777 freighter was finally towed after about 3 hours.
The aircraft involved in the incident is converted 777 freighters, managed as freighter or passenger freighters. This term is used to call a passenger plane being used as a freighter carrying cargo in the cabin by removing seats.
This particular aircraft with registration ET-ASL (MSN 44551) was delivered to the airline in June 2015 and is currently six years old. The aircraft is nicknamed ‘Ngorongoro,’ according to Planespotters.
Ethiopian Airlines has a fleet of 105 of 127 aircraft in service. As of 5th June, its active passenger aircraft and freighter include 16 Airbus A350-900s, 28 Boeing 737s, three 767s, 18 777s, 26 787 Dreamliners, and 15 De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8.
In addition to this, 4 Boeing 737s, one 777, one 787, and 15 De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8s are currently stored.
The Ethiopian fleet has an average age of 7.2 years.