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Last updated: 20 January 2022
Datum:Freitag 15 Juli 1960
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Ethiopian Air Lines
Kennzeichen: ET-T-18
Werknummer: 12926
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 11
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:27,5 km (17.2 Meilen) S of Jimma (   Äthiopien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Bulchi Airport (BCY/HABU), Äthiopien
Flug nach:Jimma Airport (JIM/HAJM), Äthiopien
Flugnummer: 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."

» 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 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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