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Ethiopia detained several Western pilots for ‘illegally’ entering into its border

Ethiopia detained several western pilots for ‘illegally’ entering into Ethiopia with light aircraft¬†wossenyeleh-ethiopia.

Director General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Wossenyeleh Hine gnaw, said today that several western pilots who entered into Ethiopia with their 20 light aircraft have been detained in Gambella for ‘illegally’ entering into the country and are under investigation. The U.S Embassy said several of its citizens were among the arrested and is working with the government for detailed information and to have consular access.

According to The Guardian, Diplomats for the UK, Ireland and the US are working to secure the release of a group of pilots, including a maverick British aviator, grounded by Ethiopian authorities during an attempt to fly the length of Africa in vintage planes.

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