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Date:Saturday 19 November 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-360C
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-ACD
MSN: 19736/696
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:26612
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) W of Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (   Italy)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
A Boeing 707-360C cargo plane was damaged beyond repair in a takeoff accident at Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Italy. All five on board were killed.
The airplane barely gained height after takeoff from runway 25. It contacted treetops at a height of 7-8 m and struck the ground 280 m further on.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the airplane carried a load of 19000 kg instead of 19000 lb which was used for takeoff calculations.

» Bringing Africa thogether / Ethiopian Airlines, 1988
» The Palm Beach Post - Nov 19, 1977


photo of Boeing-707-360C-ET-ACD
accident date: 19-11-1977
type: Boeing 707-360C
registration: ET-ACD

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 Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Asmara International Airport as the crow flies is 3873 km (2421 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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