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Date:Friday 15 July 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Ethiopian Air Lines
Registration: ET-T-18
MSN: 12926
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:13674
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:27,5 km (17.2 mls) S of Jimma (   Ethiopia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bulchi Airport (BCY/HABU), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Jimma Airport (JIM/HAJM), Ethiopia
Flightnumber: 372
Flight ET 372 departed Bulchi at 09:04Z carrying 8 passengers and a cargo of coffee. After contacting Jimma at 09:40 the pilot requested that the Jimma NDB be turned on. There was no further contact with the flight. The DC-3 crashed on a mountainside at 9400 feet altitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the following: a) the pilot misjudged the weather conditions in that he continued to fly into deteriorating weather conditions while trying to maintain visual flight rules; b) he 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."

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Bringing Africa thogether / Ethiopian Airlines, 1988


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Distance from Bulchi Airport to Jimma Airport as the crow flies is 162 km (101 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks 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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