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Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961
In 1996, the hijacking of an Ethiopian Airline 767 became the worst in history when it crashed into the sea off the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. The pilot, Captain Leul Abate, was no stranger to hijacks, this was the third time an aircraft under his command had been threatened.
The Boeing 767-200ER was hijacked on 23rd November 1996 en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on a Bombay–Addis Ababa–Nairobi–Brazzaville–Lagos–Abidjan service, by three Ethiopians seeking asylum in Australia. The plane crash-landed in the Indian Ocean near Grande Comore, Comoros Islands, due to fuel exhaustion; 125 of the 175 passengers and crew on board died, along with the hijackers; the rest of the people on board survived with injuries.
At the time this incident took place, it was the deadliest hijacking involving a single aircraft. It fell to second place with the 11th September 2001 attacks. The incident is one of the only documented water landing attempts of a wide-body airliner with survivors.
Clip from the documentary “Extreme Machines – Fear of Flying : Crash Landing”.
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