A plane car­ry­ing 139 peo­ple skid­ded off the run­way

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A plane car­ry­ing 139 peo­ple skid­ded off the run­way when it landed Thurs­day at an in­ter­na­tional air­port in Uganda, the air­line and air­port of­fi­cials said.

The Ethiopian Air­lines flight was land­ing at En­tebbe air­port at 12:41am on Thurs­day (4:41pm ET Wed­nes­day) when it "over­shot the run­way," ac­cord­ing to air­port author­i­ties.

All pas­sen­gers and crew on the Boe­ing 737-800 plane dis­em­barked safely, but the in­ci­dent af­fected in­bound in­ter­na­tional flights ear­lier in the day, Uganda's Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (UCAA) said in a state­ment.

The plane was com­ing from Ethiopia's busy cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa. UCAA later posted on Twit­ter that the air­craft had been re­moved and nor­mal op­er­a­tions had re­sumed at the only in­ter­na­tional air­port in the East African coun­try.

An im­age pro­vided by air­port author­i­ties showed

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the air­craft on a grassy area.

Ethiopian Air­lines said there was no dam­age to the air­plane, but the rea­son for the in­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The air­line said al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments have been made for pas­sen­gers.

"We apol­o­gise to our val­ued cus­tomers who were on­board for the in­con­ve­nience," the air­line said in a state­ment.

Ethiopian Air­lines, Africa's largest car­rier in pas­sen­ger num­bers, ac­cord­ing to FlightGlobal -- has made sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion into other mar­kets in Africa and has added more in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions.

(AP)

SKID­DED: An Ethiopian Air­lines plane skid­ded off the run­way at En­tebbe In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Uganda on Thurs­day.

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