hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashes

Date:         23 Nov 96 20:09:54 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-260(ER) crashed today off the Comoros
Islands after being hijacked.  Flight ET 961 had flown from Bombay,
India (BOM/VABB) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD/HAAB), and was scheduled
to continue to Nairobi, Kenya (NBO/HKNA), Brazzaville, Congo (BZV/FCBB),
Lagos, Nigeria (LOS/DNLL), and finally Abidjan, Ivory Coast (ABJ/DIAP).
The flight was hijacked after departure from Addis Ababa early Saturday
by three hijackers who demanded to be flown to Australia.

After being told the plane only had enough fuel for a two hour flight,
the flight circled over East Africa, according to the Ethiopian News
Agency, before flying towards Mauritius where the hijackers intended to
have the plane refueled before proceeding to Australia.

The plane apparently ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean
2 km short of the runway at Grande Comore Island, part of the four
island Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros.  It broke into two
pieces, at least one of which was still afloat.

Of the 178 passengers and crew aboard the flight (the plane's capacity
was 186 passengers; a typical crew would probably be about 8-10), at
least 50 survived, including one pilot and two of the three hijackers.
Rescue efforts were difficult due to rough seas.

http://www.chicago.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=BOM-ADD-NBO,ADD-FIMP,FMCI is
the URL for a map showing the first two legs of the scheduled flight
plus the crash site and the intended path to Mauritius.

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