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Last updated: 28 November 2015
Fecha:jueves 15 septiembre 1988
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-260
Operador:Ethiopian Airlines
Registración: ET-AJA
Numéro de série: 23914/1456
Año de Construcción: 1987-10-02 (12 months)
Horas Totales de la Célula:1377
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 6
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 35 / Ocupantes: 98
Total:Fatalidades: 35 / Ocupantes: 104
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:10 km (6.3 milles) SW of Bahar Dar Airport (BJR) (   Etiopía)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Bahar Dar Airport (BJR/HABD), Etiopía
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Número de Vuelo: 604
During take-off, just past VR, at a speed of 146 knots, the 737 collided with a flock of pigeons (Columba Guinea). Both engines ingested a number of birds, which resulted in a rise in engine temperature on climbout and the engines backfiring at 100-200 feet. The crew made a right turn to return to airport with the EGT readings at the top extreme. On base leg at 7100 feet amsl with 190 knots, both Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A engines backfired & flamed out.
A wheels-up crash-landing was made. The aircraft caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: " The accident occurred because the airplane could not be safely returned to the runway after the internal destruction and subsequent failure of both engines to operate arising from multiple bird ingestion by both engines during take-off."

» Focus on commercial aviation safety - issue 19 (summer 1995)
» ICAO Circular 260-AN154 (52-87)


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Distance from Bahar Dar Airport to Asmara International Airport as the crow flies is 442 km (276 miles).

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