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Hijacking description
Last updated: 4 October 2015
Date:Friday 17 March 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-260
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-AJB
C/n / msn: 23915/1583
First flight: 1988-07-07 (6 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 85
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 92
Airplane damage: None
Location:El Obeid Airport (EBD) (   Sudan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Bahar Dar Airport (BJR/HABD), Ethiopia
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft on a domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Bahar Dar was hijacked to Sudan by five men. The plane landed in El Obeid to refuel and to repair mechanical problems. Sudanese officials refused to refuel the aircraft, however, and the hijackers allowed five passengers to deplane. The hijackers had initially demanded to fly to Libya, but in Sudan they changed their intended destination to Sweden. After several hours of negotiations and with temperatures rising inside the aircraft from the hot weather, the hijackers peacefully surrendered to the authorities. There were no injuries from the incident. The hijackers had no political motives, and their only apparent objective was to leave the country.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1995 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport to Bahar Dar Airport as the crow flies is 332 km (208 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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