Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-700 impacted a massive grasshoppers swarm on approach to Dire Dawa Airport

January 13, 2020

 

Source: airlive.net


On January 9, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing B737-700 impacted a massive grasshoppers swarm, (a species of grasshopper that moves in groups of millions of individuals).

The aircraft (reg. ET-ALN) was operating flight #ET363 flight between the City of Djibouti and Dire Dawa.

At first, the aircraft hit few grasshoppers and the crew decided to continue the approach. Shortly after, the plane encountered a massive grasshoppers swarm, impacting the insects against all surfaces of the plane including the engines.

The crew made a go around as the visibility in the cabin was reduced, using wipers to try to clean the windshield.

After a second unsuccessful attempt, the crew requested to divert to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, where it landed about 34 minutes later. 

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