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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 PZL-Mielec AN-28 in Addis Ababa

Date & Time: Jan 20, 2014 at 0935 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Entebbe - Sana'a
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, crew informed ATC about engine problems and received the authorization to divert to Addis Ababa-Bole Airport for an emergency landing. On final approach, twin engine aircraft crashed in an open field located in the suburb of Addis Ababa, in Legedadi. On the crash site, some 20 km northeast of the airport, SAR could evacuate both crew seriously injured while the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-24 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:
07306103
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1

Crash of a Boeing 707 in Addis Ababa

Date & Time: Jun 19, 2005 at 0342 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
C5-MBM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douala-Addis-Abeba
MSN:
19966
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft landed hard, causing a complete undercarriage failure. The B707 veered off runway and was damaged beyond repair. No casualties.

Crash of a Learjet 35 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-Louxor-Djibouti City-Johannesburg
MSN:
35-219
YOM:
1979
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
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

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

Date & Time: Oct 22, 1995 at 0950 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AIO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dessie-Addis Abeba
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

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 Boeing 707-379C in Addis Ababa

Date & Time: Jul 25, 1990 at 1116 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ET-ACQ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Addis Ababa - Asmara
MSN:
19820
YOM:
1968
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 Addis Ababa-Bole Airport runway 07, at a speed of about 100 knots, the captain spotted pigeons around the runway and shortly later, the power on engine n°2 and 3 dropped. The crew decided to abort the takeoff maneuver and initiated an emergency braking procedure. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, lost its undercarriage, went down an embankment and came to rest, broken in two. All four crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
It was determined that both engine n°2 and 3 lost power after being hit by a flock of pigeons.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 near Gambela: 16 killed

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1989 at 1210 LT
Registration:
ET-AIL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Addis Ababa - Funyido
MSN:
699
YOM:
1980
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was on its way from Addis Ababa to a refugee camp in Funyido on a humanitarian mission (food program in Ethiopia). About an hour and thirty minutes into the flight, the aircraft entered an area of poor weather conditions over mountainous terrain. While cruising at an altitude of 3,600 feet, it struck the slope of a mountain located about 30 km southeast from Gambela. As the aircraft failed to arrive at destination, SAR operations were initiated but the wreckage was found a week later in an isolated area. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 16 occupants were killed, among them Thomas Mickey Leland, US Secretary of State.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew was flying under VFR mode in IMC conditions.