Date & Time: Aug 7, 1989 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter
RRC Air Service
Addis Ababa - Funyido
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine aircraft was on its way from Addis Ababa to a refugee camp in Funyido on a humanitarian mission (food program in Ethiopia). About an hour and thirty minutes into the flight, the aircraft entered an area of poor weather conditions over mountainous terrain. While cruising at an altitude of 3,600 feet, it struck the slope of a mountain located about 30 km southeast from Gambela. As the aircraft failed to arrive at destination, SAR operations were initiated but the wreckage was found a week later in an isolated area. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 16 occupants were killed, among them Thomas Mickey Leland, US Secretary of State.
It was determined that the crew was flying under VFR mode in IMC conditions.