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Grasshopper Swarms On Approach Give Ethiopian Airlines 737 A New Paint Job

13 Jan 2020 12:41:11


An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 struck a hungry swarm of grasshoppers late last week, rendering much of the aircraft’s fuselage a nice smear of brown. It might sound trivial but these grasshoppers are big and swarm in their millions. When an aircraft runs into them, they can block visibility from the cockpit and cause significant damage to the aircraft. Luckily, in this case, the plane landed safely.

The incident on Thursday, 9 January 2020 was noted in AeroNews. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 registered ET-ALN, was operating flight ET363 from Djibouti to Dire Dawa. This flight is the 11.00 Ethiopian Airlines daily flight from Djibouti to Addis Ababa via Dire Dawa.

Whilst on approach to Dire Dawa the aircraft initially ran into a small number of grasshoppers. There were enough of the grasshoppers for them to be noted but not enough to dissuade the crew from continuing the approach. Then the aircraft hit the main swarm.

Read full story: simpleflying.com

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