ASN Aircraft accident ATR 42-320 registration unknown Dire Dawa Airport (DIR)
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Date:Friday 12 March 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT43 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 42-320
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW121
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 34
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Dire Dawa Airport (DIR) (   Ethiopia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Gambela Airport (GMB/HAGM), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
An Ethiopian Airlines ATR-42 aircraft en route from Gambela (GMB) to Addis Ababa (ADD) was hijacked by three men and a woman who demanded to be taken to Djibouti. The aircraft, carrying over thirty passengers and four crew members, was forced to land in Dire Dawa to refuel.
Authorities negotiated with the hijackers for six days during which time 15 passengers escaped. One hijacker who attempted to escape was shot and wounded by Ethiopian security forces and was arrested.
On March 18, security forces stormed the aircraft and, in the exchange of gunfire, two hijackers were killed and one passenger was wounded. The fourth hijacker, the female, was arrested. The hijackers reportedly wanted to leave their country to seek better living conditions.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1993 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Gambela Airport to Addis Ababa-Bole Airport as the crow flies is 473 km (296 miles).

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