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Accident description
Last updated: 10 October 2015
Date:Thursday 12 March 1970
Time:09:10 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-AAY
C/n / msn: 45524/994
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:19646
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Asmara International Airport (ASM) (   Eritrea)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Addis Ababa-Haile Selassie I International Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Both nose- and main gear were torn off when the DC-6 overran the runway after landing. The aircraft caught fire. Reportedly the reversers did not operate on landing. Capt. Mekuria Belete, the father of Yonas Mekuria, the co-pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 that ditched off the coast of the Comoros in 1996, was reportedly demoted and lost 2 years of his seniority.

Runway excursion

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Distance from Addis Ababa-Haile Selassie I International Airport to Asmara International Airport as the crow flies is 698 km (437 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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