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Hijacking description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Monday 25 November 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-260
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-AJB
C/n / msn: 23915/1583
First flight: 1988-07-07 (3 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 85
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 91
Airplane damage: None
Location:Djibouti Airport (JIB) (   Djibouti)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Dire Dawa-Aba Tenna D Yilma Airport (DIR/HADR), Ethiopia
Flightnumber:ET616
Narrative:
Two men and a woman, using a fake grenade and pistol, hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft en route from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Dire Dawa (DIR), Ethiopia. Flight 616, carrying 85 passengers and six crew members, was hijacked to Djibouti where the hijackers surrendered to authorities three hours
after the aircraft landed. Reportedly the hijackers were seeking political asylum.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1991 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport to Dire Dawa-Aba Tenna D Yilma Airport as the crow flies is 341 km (213 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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