The recent Ethiopian Airlines crash in Lebanon is a red flag to those who believe no good can come out of aviation in Africa. In rebuttal, remember that Ethiopian Airways, along with South African Airways and Kenya Airways, has a better safety record than many European airlines.
The European Union has a list of carriers from around the world that are banned from entering European airspace. It makes interesting reading, not least of all because it’s an insight into just how big the aviation business is in Africa. Who knew, for example, that there are 34 registered airlines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)? And, yes, they are ALL on the EU’s hit list.
Sure, there are undoubtedly plenty of gung-ho, kick-the-tyres-and-light-the-fires operators at work on this continent, but the list also contains a number of airlines and charter operators who do things by the book and fly safely.
That many of the carriers on the list are the sorts of operations that operate small bush planes into “unimproved” jungle strips seems to be irrelevant to the EU’s bureaucrats. Then again, it was these same jobsworths in Brussels who famously passed legislation stopping bananas that did not conform to EU specifications on shape from entering the EU, thereby dooming legions of developing world banana farmers to further poverty.
Still, you may want to read the list for your own peace of mind.
IMAGE SOURCE: European Commission for Transport
Many of the African countries are in the process of various development stages.In the aviation sector they are much safer and are having international standards and following all safety norms.Their development process may be slow,but steady in implementation,which will lead to development.Consistency in maintaining safety and security is of equal importance on par with development.The reasons for Ethiopian airlines crash off Lebonon coast are not clear.But it is certain they have time tested standards.
The crash of Ethiopian Airlines off the coast of Lebanon is very unfortunate. However, having flown the airlines many times, I have the atmost confidence in the Airline. The airline has a safety record comparable to any major airline of the world. Unfortunately, anytime an African airline is involved in any kind of accident, everybody is quick to say “well, another African airline crashed…”. Accident happens to any airline any where in the world.
..accident happens everywhere ,everytime whether developed or developing countries. it is well known that the ethiopian air line is one of the grand airliner in africa as well as in the world. the crash of ethiopian jet at lebanon coast is not a big deal and cause to criticise all african airlines. this fucken generalization is the big problem of some persons and countries. still the cause of the crash is not ..whether it is b/se of **** terrerists or something else! so it is better to wait until we know the truth…!
Ethiopian Airlines is one of the safest airline in the world. In its over 65 years of existence the airline never had an accident due to pilot error or due to lack of maintenance. This is the third crash in its entire history.
The first crash in 1988 involves a domestic flight that was caused by birds sucked into its engine and in 1996 unfortunate accident caused by hijackers. The 1996 crash could have been prevented and Ethiopian government is entirely responsible for lack of security at the airport which allowed the hijackers to board the plane with weapons, that has been corrected since then.
The latest crash is anyone’s guess, we don’t know what has caused this.
Ethiopian Airlines is not only a pride for Ethiopians, it is a pride for all of Africans. It is an airline that was the first to connect west to east Africa and flies to more destinations in Africa than any other airline in the world. It is an airline for Africans by Africans.
I will always fly Ethiopian whenever I can. With the new Boeing 787, 777 and A 350 coming in the next few years, Ethiopians future is bright
Its sad that anyone would want to question the aviation safety record of ET. I am Nigerian and have the utmost confidence in ET, having said that, please note that safety levels in Africa, are approaching world levels due to new equipment and stricter regulation by state civil aviation authorities. Africa is safe and becoming safer still
An old boss of mine had a poster on his office wall, with a picture of a biplane crashed in a tree. The caption read ‘Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous.But to a greater degree than the sea it is terribly unforgiving of carelessness, incapacity or neglect.’ My guess is that plane operators cut corners more in Africa – because there is less regulation. But I think that Aviation in Africa is simply holding up a mirror to the wider society – both are more gungho than in Europe.
It is human nature to try and get away with as much as you can. Hence regulation.
But even regulation is not always a catch-all: humans flout the rules all the time and the results can often be seen in the papers the very next day.
How safe are Africa’s airlines?
The Airlines are the life line to all the current dictators in Africa,yes! they all are! So ,before they make sure how a small community or a single tribe is governed,the their airlines is showered with the latest trainings and gadgets. They are freakin safer than the streets of St. Louis, Missouri.
I don’t think that there were any Americans in flight et409. It would have been proved terrorism by now!
Atleast they are safer than, methane smocking, pills pop’n pilots who misses their stop. Ho, by the way Ethiopian airline has less accident record compare to most EU and US airlines.
I have a friend who worked for ET as a Captain, and I have flown Ethiopian for many years.I believe that ET is has the safest standards.Accidents may happen for various reasons,so better wait the findings.
TX man! better waiting, but I will always take ET into my confidence!
Sometimes we can’t not prevent accidents not to happen because of human limitation but we can minimize the risks. An Ethiopian airline has business excellence of more than 60 years with its most goals of “Bringing African Together” and “Linking African to the rest of the World”. The airline has successfully achieved the foresaid goals and now it is become “The New sprit of Africa” by delivering world class services. Accident happened due to human error, technician problems (like we have seen it in Russia(EUR), terrorism (like in America) and by acts of God (Meteorite impact, lightning etc). Behind all this achievement we can realize that ETHIOPIAN is working under all civil aviation (Both local and Foreign CAAs including FAA AND EASA) and other regulations. Ethiopian has been awarded many prizes since its foundation for contributing save transportations means and business achievement. Therefore such irresponsible blogs has no relevancy for aviation industry and civil community. I Believe that ETHIOPIAN will continuously achieve the aviation Excellency and Promote Africa positively and wave Pan African colored flag. May God Bless Ethiopia, Africa and the rest of the world.
What you see waving is not a Pan African color. It is the proud Ethiopian FLAG. Now how other African nations picked on common colors? Google It! Dude!