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Date:Saturday 19 March 2005
Time:ca 10:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-3K1C
Operating for:Ethiopian Airlines
Leased from:Cargo Plus Aviation
Registration: 9G-IRL
MSN: 20805/884
First flight: 1974
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (HK2)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Entebbe Airport (EBB) (   Uganda)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Entebbe Airport (EBB/HUEN), Uganda
The Boeing 707 departed Addis Abeba on a cargo flight to Lome, Togo with a scheduled refueling stop at Entebbe.The airplane was carrying 32.8 tons of cargo. It was raining as the Boeing approached Entebbe, with a visibility of about 8 km. At 10:46 the aircraft made a first attempt to land on runway 17 but the approach was abandoned. On the second attempt the pilot wanted to carry out a visual approach to runway 35 over Lake Victoria. At 10:51, the pilot reported short final and was cleared to land. It came in too low, struck a rock, broke up and crashed into Lake Victoria.
The investigators said the accident was as a result of failure to follow the correct flight path on the final approach to runway 35, and failure to follow the published missed approach procedures.

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photo of Boeing-707-3K1C-9G-IRL
accident date: 19-03-2005
type: Boeing 707-3K1C
registration: 9G-IRL

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 Entebbe Airport as the crow flies is 1211 km (757 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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