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Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Kombolcha

Date & Time: Jul 27, 2021
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AMI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jigjiga - Dire Dawa
MSN:
208B-1260
YOM:
2007
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Jigjiga Airport on a humanitarian mission to Dire Dawa, carrying two pilots and two employees of the World Food Program. En route, the crew encountered an unexpected situation and was forced to attempt an emergency landing. Upon landing, the aircraft came to rest on its nose in a near vertical position with its right wing partially torn off. All four occupants escaped with minor injuries.

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 De Havilland DHC-8-Q402 in Dire Dawa

Date & Time: Oct 24, 2016
Operator:
Registration:
ET-ANY
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dire Dawa – Addis Ababa
MSN:
4334
YOM:
2010
Flight number:
ET212
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
74
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll from runway 15/33 at Dire Dawa-Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma Airport, the aircraft collided with wild animals. The captaint abandoned the takeoff procedure and initiated an emergency braking manoeuvre when the aircraft veered off runway and came to rest. All 80 occupants evacuated safely and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Collision with wild animals during takeoff.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-28 near Addis Ababa

Date & Time: Jan 20, 2014 at 0935 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UP-A2805
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Entebbe - Sana'a
MSN:
1AJ008-22
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
When flying in the Ethiopian Airspace, the crew informed ATC about engine problems and was cleared to divert to Addis Ababa-Bole Airport for an emergency landing. On approach, the twin engine aircraft crashed in an open field located in Legedadi, about 20 km northeast of the airport. Both pilots were seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-24T in Dire Dawa

Date & Time: May 18, 2009
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
EK-46839
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dire Dawa - Bosaso
MSN:
7910201
YOM:
1967
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Dire Dawa-Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma Airport in foggy conditions, control was lost. The aircraft veered off runway and came to rest. All four crew members escaped with minor injuries and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an Antonov AN-24B in Dire Dawa: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 23, 2007 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EX-030
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dire Dawa - Djibouti City
MSN:
0 73 061 03
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Dire Dawa-Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma Airport, while climbing to an altitude of 3,500 feet, one of the engine failed. The captain decided to return for an emergency landing but the aircraft crashed in a desert area located near Shinile, about 5 km north of Dire Dawa Airport. Upon impact, the aircraft broke in three. A passenger was killed while 8 other occupants were injured. The aircraft was completing a cargo flight to Djibouti City on behalf of Djibouti Airlines, carrying a load of 6 tons of qat.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Boeing 707-347C in Addis Ababa

Date & Time: Jun 19, 2005 at 0342 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C5-MBM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala - Addis Ababa
MSN:
19966
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following a night approach to Addis Ababa-Bole Airport, the aircraft landed hard and bounced several times. It lost its undercarriage, slid for few dozen metres then veered off runway to the left and came to rest. All five crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Learjet 35A in Adwa: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1999 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N350JF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Naples - Luxor - Djibouti City - Johannesburg
MSN:
35-219
YOM:
1979
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
10000
Aircraft flight hours:
5434
Aircraft flight cycles:
3657
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Naples, Italy, on a ferry flight to Lanseria, with intermediate stops in Luxor and Nairobi. The aircraft was ferried in South Africa to be refurbished as it was recently purchased by a new owner. Because of the border-crossing prohibition a second flight plan was filed via Djibouti City. While cruising at an altitude of 41,000 feet, the aircraft deviated from the initial route and crossed the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia. At 1630LT, the aircraft was shot down by ground fire, entered a dive and crashed near the city of Adwa. Three days of negotiation with the Ethiopian government were necessary to clear a rescue team to visit the crash site. The aircraft was totally destroyed and both pilots, a British and a Swedish citizen, were killed.
Probable cause:
According to Ethiopian Authorities, the aircraft was shot down after it penetrated the Ethiopian airspace without valid clearance. At the time of the accident, the area was declared as a non-flying zone and the route was closed to all traffic via a NOTAM. The aircraft was mistaken for an Eritrean fighter aircraft with hostile intention and was therefore shot down by the Ethiopian Defense Force and destroyed.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Addis Ababa

Date & Time: Oct 22, 1995 at 0950 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AIO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kombolcha-Dessie – Addis Ababa
MSN:
818
YOM:
1985
Flight number:
ET173
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Addis Ababa-Bole Airport, the twin engine aircraft collided with a white backed vulture of 5,4 kg. The windshield was broken and both pilots were seriously injured. Nevertheless, they elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed 300 metres short of runway. All 20 occupants were rescued, among them nine were injured.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on final approach following bird strike.