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Ethiopian Airlines agrees

2004-01-03 11:44

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Airlines will from Friday employ armed air marshals on board its flights to the United States, the company said.

"We are ready to comply with all requirements to fly to the United States," spokesperson Getachew Tessu told AFP, explaining that the airline's flight to the US later on Friday would have air marshals on board.

The airline already has armed air marshals in its domestic flights.

"We had been using marshals in international planes until May 1991," Getachew said.

Ethiopian Airlines has three flights to New York and Washington every week.

Getachew said that Ethiopian Airlines had been subjected to 10 hijackings since the air marshals were removed from international fights.

"After air marshals were withdrawn, we have experienced more than 10 hijackings, including the fatal one in Comoros," the officer said.

In November 1996, an Ethiopian Airlines plane was hijacked and later crashed off the Comoros Islands, killing at least 50 people.