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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Date:Thursday 16 February 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12
Operator:Ethiopian Air Force
Registration: 1509
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 38
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Debre Zeit/Harar Meda Air Base (   Ethiopia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
An Antonov 12 military transport plane of the Ethiopian Air Force was hijacked during a domestic flight. An air force lieutenant brandished a hand grenade and demanded to be flown to Somalia.
He detonated the grenade when he noticed the flight was approaching Debre Zeit near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The airplane crashed, reportedly killing 26.

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