An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-200 freighter, registration ET-ARH performing flight ET-3739 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), was preparing for departure at the apron, when at about 15:57L (07:57Z) smoke was observed from the aft crown of the aircraft, emergency services responded and extinguished the fire by about 17:01L (09:01Z). No injuries are being reported. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.
The aircraft had safely arrived as flight ET-3738 (dep Jul 21st) from Brussels (Belgium) to Shanghai Pudong (China) and had taxied to the apron at about 11:53L (03:53Z).
China’s Civil Aviation Authority have opened an investigation.
Ethiopian Airlines confirmed the aircraft caught fire in Shanghai. It was scheduled to fly from Shanghai to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and further on to Sao Paulo,SP (Brazil) and San Diego,CA (USA).