Ethiopian Airlines Flight 604

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Ethiopian Airlines Flight 604
Boeing 737-2T4-Adv, Ethiopian Airlines AN0457036.jpg
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-200, similar to the one involved.
Accident
Date15 September 1988
SummaryBelly landing after bird strike
SiteBahir Dar Airport, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
11°36′17″N 37°19′11″E / 11.60472°N 37.31972°E / 11.60472; 37.31972Coordinates: 11°36′17″N 37°19′11″E / 11.60472°N 37.31972°E / 11.60472; 37.31972
Aircraft
Aircraft typeBoeing 737-200
OperatorEthiopian Airlines
RegistrationET-AJA
Flight originBole International Airport
Last stopoverBahir Dar Airport
DestinationAsmara International Airport
Passengers98
Crew6
Fatalities35
Survivors69

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 604 was a scheduled Addis AbabaBahir DarAsmara flight, that caught fire during a belly landing at Bahir Dar Airport, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, on 15 September 1988.

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft involved in the accident was a Boeing 737-260, registration ET-AJA, delivered new to Ethiopian Airlines. At the time of the accident the aircraft was less than a year old.[1]

Accident description[edit]

On 15 September 1988 (1988-09-15),[2]:51 the aircraft was scheduled to operate the second leg of a domestic Addis Ababa–Bahir Dar–Asmara passenger service with 98 passengers and 6 crew members on board.[1][3] Both engines of the aircraft ingested a flock of speckled pigeons as it took off from Bahir Dar Airport, and subsequently overheated.[1] One of the engines immediately lost thrust, while the other did so on the emergency return to the departure airport.[4] During a gear-up landing, the aircraft caught fire.[1]

There is some discrepancy over the death toll depending upon the source, as this number is claimed to be 35,[1] or 31.[4][5][6] The discrepancy likely arose because four bodies could not be recovered.[6] All of the fatalities were among the passengers.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 49)". Flight International. 135 (4148): 49–54, 56–57. 21 January 1989. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 50)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 51)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 52)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 53)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 54)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 56)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
    • "1988: bad for scheduleds (page 57)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ "At least 31 dead, 71 hurt in Ethiopian plane crash". Deseret News. 16 September 1988. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crashes Since 1970". AirSafe.com.
  5. ^ "Profile: Ethiopian Airlines". BBC News. 25 January 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "31 morts dans la chute d'un Boeing éthiopien" [31 death after an Ethiopian Boeing crashed] (in French). Le Monde. AFP, Reuter. 18 September 1988. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016.