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Last updated: 25 April 2018
Datum:donderdag 15 september 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-260
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Ethiopian Airlines
Registratie: ET-AJA
Constructienummer: 23914/1456
Bouwjaar: 1987-10-02 (1 years)
Aantal vlieguren:1377
Aantal vluchten:1870
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 35 / inzittenden: 98
Totaal:slachtoffers: 35 / inzittenden: 104
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:10 km (6.3 mijl) SW of Bahar Dar Airport (BJR) (   EthiopiŽ)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Bahar Dar Airport (BJR/HABD), EthiopiŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Vluchtnummer: 604
During takeoff, 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:

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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Bahar Dar Airport en Asmara International Airport bedraagt 442 km (276 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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