Date: 01 Dec 96 04:08:54 From: jfmezei <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: SPC
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I saw and taped the footage taken by newlyweds on a beach within visual of the landing/crash of the Ethiopean Airlines 767 which ran out of fuel after hijackers demanded to fly to Australia. Note: when the highjackers realised that the pilot was planning on landing on Comores Island, a fight ensued but the pilot supposedly regained control of the plane. The sequence I taped is about 14 seconds (32meg of disk space :-( >From what I could see, the engines were already off since there was no huge spray of water as the engines neared the water. The left wing tip touched water for a few seconds (yes, just the tip) and then, the left engine touched. at that point some water spray resulted as well as some debris flying off. At that time, the right wing and engine were still well above the surface as was the fuselage. Shortly after this, the fuselage did touch water, but right wing and engine remained above water. At the time the fuselage touched the water, the initial left bank of the plane was almost gone, but after this, the right wing started to rise, giving back the left bank. The plane then started to veer left and the left bank continued to increase. I assume that the left wing had long detached, but the right wing and engine were still there. The veering to the left was probably more of a spin with the tail still moving forwards and nose moving less. At this point the fuselage becomes hidden by the water spray. However, the tail is still a bit visible as is the right wing which end up being vertical at one point. I assume that the fuselage ended up perpendicular to the movement, with a 90 degree bank and right wing straight up in the air. A different shot, after the accident, shows the tail almost all out of the water (but not the top of fuselage) which indicates water was not very deep.