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Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Date:Wednesday 23 June 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
Operator:Ethiopian Air Force
Registration: registration unknown
MSN: 5022
First flight: 1988
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Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Gijet (   Ethiopia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Mekele Airport (MQX/HAMK), Ethiopia
Narrative:
A Lockheed Hercules of the Ethiopian Air Force has been destroyed in an accident near Gijet, Ethiopia. Unconfirmed reports suggest the aircraft was downed by the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) during the armed conflict known as the Tigray War that started in November 2020 between Ethiopia and the Tigray Region.

The aircraft was a Hercules, formerly operated by Ethiopian Airlines as ET-AJK, was seen in an all white colour scheme at Addis Ababa - Bole International Airport in 2006 without any serial number.



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