An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 freighter landed in the wrong airport on Sunday. Flight ET-3891 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Ndola, Zambia was supposed to land at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport but instead landed at the Copperbelt International Airport.
Copperbelt International Airport, which is still under construction is located 15km west-northwest of Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.
After touchdown as the aircraft exited the runway, construction workers on the ground attempted to signal the pilots that they were in the wrong airport. The flight crew exited the runway and then reentered back via the next taxiway to depart to Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.
On the same day just two hours after the occurrence, another Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 attempted an approach to the new airport under construction however the crew initiated a go-around at 50ft.
In 2018, an Air India Airbus A320 with more than 136 passengers landed at the new runway under construction at Velana International Airport.