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Crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 near Debre Zeit: 157 killed

Date & Time: Mar 10, 2019 at 0844 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AVJ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addis Ababa – Nairobi
MSN:
62450/7243
YOM:
2018
Flight number:
ET302
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
149
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
157
Captain / Total flying hours:
8122
Captain / Total hours on type:
1417.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
361
Copilot / Total hours on type:
207
Aircraft flight hours:
1330
Aircraft flight cycles:
382
Circumstances:
On March 10, 2019, at 05:38 UTC, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, Boeing 737-8(MAX), ET-AVJ, took off from Addis Ababa Bole Int. Airport bound to Nairobi, Kenya Jomo Kenyatta Int. Airport. Shortly after takeoff, the Angle of Attack sensor recorded value became erroneous and the left stick shaker activated and remained active until near the end of the flight. In addition, the airspeed and altitude values from the left air data system began deviating from the corresponding right side values. Due to flight control problems, the Captain was unable to maintain the flight path and requested to return back to the departure airport. The crew lost control of the aircraft which crashed at 5: 44 UTC 28 NM South East of Addis Ababa near Ejere village. Both CVR and DFDR were recovered in the morning of March 11. The 737 MAX 8 version was grounded until further notice.

A preliminary report is available below.
Final Report:

Cras of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Mojo: 18 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 2018 at 1030 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AIU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dire Dawa – Harar Meda
MSN:
822
YOM:
1985
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Dire Dawa in the morning on a flight to Harar Meda Airbase located in Debre Zeit, carrying 15 Army officers and three civilians on behalf of the Ethiopian Army. While descending to Harar Meda, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area located in Mojo, some 17 km southeast of the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 18 occupants were killed, among them two children. Operated on behalf of the Ethiopian Army with dual registration ET-AIU & 808.

Crash of a Fokker F27 Friendship 300 near Hareto

Date & Time: Mar 23, 1993 at 1330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
ST-AWA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dar es Salaam - Addis Ababa - Khartoum
MSN:
10186
YOM:
1961
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
29
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While in cruising altitude between Dar es-Salaam and Addis Ababa, the crew encountered unfavorable winds and the aircraft deviated from the prescribed course. After the left engine failed in flight, the crew reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing in a plantation located in the region of Hareto. Upon touchdown, the aircraft struck obstacles and the left wing was partially torn off. All 35 occupants escaped uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine in flight due to fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-15-DK in Robe

Date & Time: Dec 28, 1987
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AGO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15287/26732
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Robe Airport, while climbing, the left engine lost power (down to 1,500 rpm) and the crew encountered severe vibrations. The captain decided to return to land to runway 15 but as he realized he could not make it, he attempted an emergency landing. The aircraft completed a belly landing in an open field located 2 km north of the airport. All seven occupants evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Dembi Dolo

Date & Time: Jun 22, 1986 at 0408 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AIQ
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Addis Ababa - Dembidolo
MSN:
819
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Dembidolo by night and stratus clouds, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low. While facing a mountain, the crew increased engine power to gain height but the aircraft stalled, lost altitude and crashed on a hilly terrain located few km from the airfield. All 20 occupants were injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12 near Debre Zeit AFB: 26 killed

Date & Time: Feb 16, 1984
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1509
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
33
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
26
Circumstances:
On approach to Debre Zeit-Harar Meda AFB, the four engine exploded and crashed few km short of runway threshold, bursting into flames. 12 occupants were rescued while 26 others were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that an Ethiopian Air Force Lieutenant elected to hijack the airplane to Somalia and detonated a grenade while the airplane was approaching the airbase.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Jimma: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1977 at 1730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ET-ABF
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tippi - Jimma
MSN:
6069
YOM:
1942
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
31338
Circumstances:
While descending to Jimma Airport, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with low clouds, rain showers and limited visibility. At an altitude of 8,000 feet, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located few km from the airport and crashed. All five occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-20-DK in Oborso

Date & Time: Dec 14, 1976
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AEJ
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15545/26990
YOM:
1944
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
11976
Circumstances:
Upon touchdown on runway 09 at Oborso Airport, the right main gear collapsed. The crew retracted the undercarriage then the airplane slid on its belly, veered off runway and came to rest against an anthill. All eight occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right main gear upon landing for undetermined reasons.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK in Gore: 17 killed

Date & Time: Sep 14, 1965
Operator:
Registration:
ET-ABI
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addis Ababa - Gore
MSN:
12000
YOM:
1943
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Aircraft flight hours:
24409
Circumstances:
While approaching Gore Airstrip, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances few km from runway threshold. The aircraft was destroyed and all 17 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-25-DK in Sendafa: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 5, 1961
Operator:
Registration:
ET-T-16
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Addis-Abeba – Asmara
MSN:
13305
YOM:
1944
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
16278
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport, while climbing, the crew encountered problems with both propellers that were turning improperly. The captain decided to reduce his altitude and to attempt an emergency landing when the aircraft stalled and crashed in a prairie located in Sendafa, about 30 km northeast of Bole Airport. One pilot and four passengers were killed while 14 other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.