Accident description
Last updated: 29 November 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 19 November 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-360C
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-ACD
C/n / msn: 19736/696
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:26612
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) W of Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (   Italy) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Narrative:
A Boeing 707-360C cargo plane was damaged beyond repair in a takeoff accident at Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Italy. All five on board were killed.
The airplane barely gained height after takeoff from runway 25. It contacted treetops at a height of 7-8 m and struck the ground 280 m further on.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the airplane carried a load of 19.000 kgs instead of 19.000 lbs which was used for take-off calculations.


Sources:
» Bringing Africa thogether / Ethiopian Airlines, 1988
» The Palm Beach Post - Nov 19, 1977


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ET-ACD pictured here during a brief 6-month lease to Iran Air
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Asmara International Airport as the crow flies is 3873 km (2421 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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