Ethiopian Air Lines Flight 372
|Date||15 July 1960|
|Summary||Controlled flight into terrain|
|Site||Near Jimma, Ethiopia|
|Aircraft type||C-47 Skytrain|
|Flight origin||Bulki, Ethiopia|
|Destination||Aba Segud Airport|
On 15 July 1960, at 09:04, Ethiopian Air Lines Flight 372, a C-47 Skytrain registered as ET-T-18, took off from Bulki, Ethiopia, on a short-haul flight to Aba Segud Airport, Jimma, Ethiopia. There were eight passengers, three crew and a cargo of coffee on board. At 09:40, the pilot requested the activation of the Jimma non-directional beacon (NDB) to assist his navigation. There was no further contact with the flight. The aircraft was found to have crashed at 9,400 feet into the side of a mountain 27.5 km (17.1 mi) south of Jimma, killing one of the pilots and leaving ten of the passengers and remaining crew injured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
It was determined that the accident was caused by the following:
- 1. The pilot misjudged the weather conditions, in that he continued to fly into deteriorating weather conditions while trying to maintain visual flight rules.
- 2. The pilot misjudged the performance capabilities of the aircraft, in that he attempted to climb at a speed below the minimum safe climbing speed of the aircraft.
- "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-20-DK ET-T-18 Jimma". Aviation-safety.net. 15 July 1960. Retrieved 5 July 2013.