Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 25 July 1990
Time:11:16
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-379C
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-ACQ
C/n / msn: 19820/709
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD) (   Ethiopia) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Narrative:
The Boeing aborted the runway 07 take-off when bangs were heard followed by a momentary N1 dip of the no. 2 and 3 engines. The take-off was aborted below V1 but the 707 overran the runway and impacted lower ground, breaking up. A flock of pigeons had collided with the plane.

Classification:
Bird strike
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Fatalities and Destroyed Civil Aircraft Due To Bird Strikes 1912-2002 / John Thorpe (International Bird Strike Committee ISBC26/WP-SA1)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/94 (#11)


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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 Addis Ababa-Bole 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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