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              Ethiopia

  Chronological Listing of Ethiopian
Losses &  Ejections

Date

Air Force

A'cft

Unit / Serial

based

crashed

crew

photo

seat

14th October 1962


Ethiopian Air Force

F-86F Sabre

 

 

Lost.
Cause unknown

 

 

 

1970 - 1977 ???


Ethiopian Air Force

Canberra B. Mk. 52

 

 

Belly landed - damaged

 

 

 

1977 - 1978 ???


Ethiopian Air Force

Canberra B. Mk. 52

 

 Debrezeit

Brought down by mechanical problems deep inside Ethiopia while returning from mission

 

 

 

1977-1978


Ethiopian Air Force

C-47

 

 

Hit by ground fire. Crash landed

All survived
Captured
released 1986 or 1987.

 

 

1977-78


Ethiopian Air Force

F-5A

 

 Gode

lost around Gode

pilot ejected

 

 

1977-78


Ethiopian Air Force

F-5A

 

 Dire Dawa

lost shortly after take off from Dire Dawa

pilot ejected

 

 

1977-78


Ethiopian Air Force

F-5E

 

 

brought down near Hargeisa

Afework Kidanu
Captured.
Died in captivity

x

 

1977-78


Ethiopian Air Force

F-5E

 

 

rescued by Helicopter

Batcha Hunde ejected

x

 

1977-78


Ethiopian Air Force

F-5E

 

 

 

Legesse Teferra
POW - released in prisoner exchange

 

17 April 1983


Ethiopian Air Force

MiG-23BN

 

 Asmara

shot down by Eritrean AAA near Nakfa

Bezabih Petros - POW released 1991

KM-1

1984


Ethiopian Air Force

MIG-21bis

 

 Debrezeit

solo flight

trainee pilot, Melke Demissie,
killed

 

 

5th June 1998


Ethiopian Air Force

MiG-23BN

 

 Bahir-Dar

Lost to mechanical problem shortly after take-off

See note below

Major A.T. ejected

 

 

 

June 5, 1998 - The MIG-23BN was lost to mechanical problem shortly after take off. It was not shot down. The pilot was the wingman for the second element. The element lead aborted the mission and returned to base while the first element went ahead with its mission.

1994


Ethiopian Air Force

L-39C

 

 Debrezeit

 

not on file

not on file

 

trainee pilot, Aregawi Kiros,
killed

instructor, Major  Abebe,
killed

 

1996


Ethiopian Air Force

MIG-21bis

 

 Debrezeit

Plane skidded off the runway

pilot, Kurabachew Hiluf, killed

not on file

 

1997


Ethiopian Air Force

MIG-21bis

 

 Debrezeit

 

pilot, Hajji Chewecha, Killed

 

 

1998


Ethiopian Air Force

MIG-21bis

 

Debrezeit 

Struck trees during very low altitude training sortie

pilot Major Abebe
killed

 

 

6th June 1998


Ethiopian Air Force

MiG-21bis

1083

Update: Incorrect information; 1083 serves as gate guard at Debrezeit AB

 Mekele

shot down by Eritrean AAA during an attack against Asmara AB

Col. Bezabih Petros - POW captured and paraded through the city.

KM-1

November 1998


Ethiopian Air Force

L-39C

 

 

Shot down in error by air defence

 

 

 

Lt. Endegena Tadesse and a Russian were Killed

 

 

December 1999


Ethiopian Air Force

Su-27

 

 

Lost during a night flight training

Pilot killed

 

 

 6th January 1999


Ethiopian Air Force

Su-27US

 

 

Crashed during a post-assembly technical flight. It was a single sitter where the Russian pilot crashed.

 

 

 

Russian Air Force Col. Vyacheslaw Myzin ejected

 

Zvezda K-36

UPDATED: Su-27 lost two weeks after delivery in its initial post assembly technical flight. The plane was replaced.

 a Sukhoi 27 crashed near the main Ethiopian airbase at Debre Zeyit, 40 miles southeast of Addis Ababa. The pilot was a Russian Air Force colonel.

 

1999


Ethiopian Air Force

MiG-23BN

 

 

mechanical failure deep inside Eritrea

Lt. T.
ejected and later rescued by Helicopter

 

 

Sunday 14th Feb. 1999


Ethiopian Air Force

Mi-35

 

 

shot down on the Burre front

 

 

 

pilot, Belihu Kidane
killed

gunner, Sisay Belay
killed

 

Feb. 24, 1999


Ethiopian Air Force

Mi-35

 

 

Hydraulic failure while on mission inside Eritrea on the Mereb-setit front.

 

 

 

pilot, Berihu Kidane
killed

gunner, Abera
killed

 

According to regulations, it could only fly for 7 minutes but flew for 15 led by Forward Air Controllers and landed. Pilot fearing he was still in enemy territory tried to take off again which led to the crash.

1999


Ethiopian Air Force

Mi-35

 

 

hit by SAM on Tsorena front

 

 

 

pilot, Zenebe Mideksa
killed

gunner ???
killed

 

1999


Ethiopian Air Force

Mi-35

 

 

Mechanical problem. Helicopter abandoned deep inside Eritrea

Both crew picked up by wingman's Mi-35

 

 

15th May 2000


Ethiopian Air Force

Su-25 Frogfoot

 

 Bahir Dar

hard landing

 Pilot suffered no injuries

 

 

16th May 2000


Ethiopian Air Force

Helicopter

 

 

 

MI-35 landed behind Ethiopian lines after it was hit by Eritrean AAA

 

 

2001


Ethiopian Air Force

MiG-21UM

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP Lt. Dagmawi Lemma
killed
[He was also an Su-27 pilot]

trainee pilot
killed

 

 

2006


Ethiopian Air Force

Mi-17

 

 

 Human error; aircraft lost in the Somali regional state while transporting government officials

pilot, Captain Girma Teka and co-pilot were killed. Passengers were also killed

 

 

200?


Ethiopian Air Force

MIG-23BN

 

 Bahir Dar

Training flight

pilot Lt. Shewasher
killed

 

 

Late 2007
Ethiopian Air Force
L-39     Experienced an engine failure and lost  while flying to the practice area. Crew instructed to eject     VS-1
"student" ejection seat did not work and was killed  IP ejected VS-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 30th March 2007


Ethiopian Air Force

Mi-35 helicopter gunship

 

Shot down with missile by Somali rebels in in Mogadishu

 

Crew reported in International media as killed

                 

 15th January 1984

 
Ethiopian Air Force

 Antonov 12

 1506

 

Crashed at Tesenei, Eritrea

26 passengers and crew members killed 

 

 

 14th January 1987

 
Ethiopian Air Force

 Antonov 12

 

 

 The plane, carrying air force personnel, was going to the capital, Addis Ababa, when it suddenly went out of control and crashed in the Eritrean provincial capital of Asmara

54 passengers and crew members killed 

 

 

 May 1984

 
Ethiopian Air Force

 Antonov 12

 1509

 

Destryed at Addis Ababa during hijack attempt

 

 

 

14th January 1982

 
Ethiopian Air Force

 Antonov 26

    crashed near Addis Ababa 73 passengers (Libyan, Cuban and Ethiopian soldiers) and crew members killed    
                 
26th April 1991

 
Ethiopian Air Force

 Antonov 12

    Hijacked  by nine Ethiopian students. Khartoum, Sudan who eventually surrendered      

 

some time in the 1980s
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-21     Shot down in early 1980s and was held as POW until 1991 Lt. Abayneh Hailu    
1983
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-21     Shot down in 1983 and was POW until 1991 Capt. Tilahun Bezabih    
1988
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-21     Shot down around Nakfa Major Getahun Demissie
killed
 
1988
Ethiopian Air Force
MI-24     Shot down at Keren      
Captain Mulugeta killed    
 
Ethiopian Air Force
MI-35     shot down by SAM 2nd Lt. Zenebe Mideksa
killed
   
1990
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-23     shot down over Mekele Lt. Tilahun Hailu shot by a sniper fire during rescue operation    
1990
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-21     Shot down around Gondar Colonel Getachew Mengesha ejected successfully. evaded capture and escaped    
 
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-23       Lt. Colonel Tilahun Bogale
killed
   
 
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-21       Lt. Merid Mengesha
killed
 
 
Ethiopian Air Force
MIG-21       Lt. Ammanuel
killed
   
                 
 
Ethiopian Air Force
             



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