Narrative:Flight ET961 had taken off from Addis Ababa for a flight to Abidjan via Nairobi, Brazzaville and Lagos. Shortly after entering Kenyan airspace 3 men seized the aircraft and demanded to be flown to Australia.
|Date:||Saturday 23 November 1996|
|C/n / msn:|| 23916/187|
|First flight:|| 1987-09-17 (9 years 2 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4E|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 12|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 119 / Occupants: 163|
|Total:||Fatalities: 125 / Occupants: 175 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||0,5 km (0.3 mls) off Grande Comore (Comoros)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia|
|Destination airport:||Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKNA), Kenya|
Approaching the Comores the aircraft began to run out of fuel. The pilot attempted to carry out a controlled ditching in the shallow, sheltered waters 500m off Le Galawa Beach. The left engine and wingtip struck the water, causing the aircraft to break up and crash.
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/97 (#27)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport to Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the crow flies is 1158 km (723 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.