Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 Diverts To Mumbai Over Hydraulic Leak

An Ethiopian Airlines flight ET690 that was scheduled to fly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Bangalore, India, on 8th November, left Riyadh at 10:23 AM local time and began the roughly 4.5 hour flight to Bangalore, but was diverted toward Mumbai after two hours and half hours into the flight, just off the west coast of India following a hydraulic leak.

The aircraft safely landed an hour after the turn at Mumbai Airport at 17:14 local time, 4 hours and 20 minutes taking off from Riyadh.

The plane involved in the incident, registered ET-ATY, is a 3.8-year-old Airbus A350-900, according to The plane was delivered new to Ethiopian Airlines in January 2017 and has since been in service. This flight was cargo-only and only had 8 crew onboard, none of whom were injured.

According to The Aviation Herald, the aircraft suffered a hydraulic leak while 160nm away from Mumbai, no further details are currently known. The crew decided to quickly divert to Mumbai and did so in an hour after detecting the fault. The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai and no crew were injured. The plane will now likely undergo maintenance before returning to Addis Ababa for a thorough inspection.

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