Ethiopian Airlines Flight 708
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 720 similar to the incident aircraft
|Date||8 December 1972|
|Site||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 720-060B|
|Flight origin||Haile Selassie I International Airport|
|1st stopover||Asmara International Airport|
|2nd stopover||Ellinikon International Airport|
|3rd stopover||Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport|
|Destination||Charles de Gaulle Airport|
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 708 was a Boeing 720-060B, due to operate an international scheduled Addis Ababa–Asmara–Athens–Rome–Paris passenger service, that experienced a hijacking attempt on 8 December 1972.
Minutes after departing from Haile Selassie I International Airport bound for Paris, when the aircraft was flying at some 29,000 feet (8,800 m), seven members[nb 1] of the Eritrean Liberation Front stood up and tried to gain control of the plane. A hand grenade that was armed by one of the hijackers was rolled down the aisle by a passenger. The grenade exploded in the rear part of the fuselage, some 6 inches (150 mm) off the plane's centreline, blowing a hole in the cabin floor and damaging or severing several controls of the aircraft, including those of throttle of two engines, of the rudder, and of the horizontal stabiliser. Despite this, the crew turned back the airplane to the airport of origin and managed to land it safely; it sustained minor damages that were repaired later.
Security guards —there were six of them aboard— opened fire at the terrorists, killing six of the hijackers on board, while the seventh one died in a hospital.
- Ethiopia portal
- Aviation portal
- Ethiopian Airlines accidents and incidents
- List of aircraft hijackings
- Hijacking description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 30 July 2012.
- "No decompression". Flight International: 754. 13 June 1974. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- "Mid-air shooting". Flight International: 854. 14 December 1972. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
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