Hijacking description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Date:Saturday 23 November 1996
Time:12:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B762 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 767-260ER
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-AIZ
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) show on map
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
Flightnumber: 961
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.
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)


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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.
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