Air Emergency (2003– )
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Ocean Landing 

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961: the pilot is forced to ditch his plane into the ocean after being hijacked and running out of fuel.


Karl Jason


Leo Singer




Episode credited cast:
Stephen Bogaert ... Narrator (voice)
Horace Abel ... Michael Oddenyo
Dorothy Atabong ... Flight Attendant
Matthew G. Brown ... Hijacker #1 (as Matthew Brown)
Robel Ambaye Robel Ambaye ... Hijacker #2
Khareme Lambie Khareme Lambie ... Hijacker #3
Conrad Coates ... Captain Abate
Bayo Akinfemi ... Air Traffic Controller
Syd Haque Syd Haque ... Mo Amin
Edgar George Edgar George ... Co-Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leul Abate Leul Abate ... Himself - Airplane Captain
Mo Amin Mo Amin ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Buerk ... Himself - BBC Correspondent
Gregory Feith Gregory Feith ... Himself - National Transportation Safety Board Investigator (as Greg Feith)
Frank Huddle Frank Huddle ... Himself


Armed with an axe and a fire extinguisher, three men hijack Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 on November 23, 1996 - killing 125. Through first-person accounts from the 52 survivors, Air Emergency recreates this horrific and terrifying flight that crashes into the ocean off the coast of Africa. NGC shows you how the pilot tricks the hijackers by unsuspectingly changing the flight route demanded and recounts his heroic emergency landing attempt. Written by Anonymous

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hijack | airplane crash | mayday | See All (3) »





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Release Date:

10 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Gimli, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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When one of the hijackers grabs a bottle of whiskey from the serving cart, the bottle looks like a Jack Daniels bottle but instead of Jack Daniels, the bottle reads "Larry Bambrick" who is one of the producers. See more »

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19 February 2017 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

1990s. An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet takes off from North Africa with enough fuel to reach its next stop, where it will refuel for its next run. It's a common practice to carry no more fuel than is necessary because it improves efficiency. The pilots are experienced. There is nothing wrong with the airplane. The day is bright and sunny.

Three men, recently escaped from prison and of no ideological affiliation, burst into the cabin with the fire ax, clobber the co-pilot, and demand to be flown to Australia. Australia is eleven hours away and the plane has fuel for two hours of flight. The hijackers don't believe it. They produce a little brochure boasting that this jet can fly for eleven hours. True, says the captain, but they aren't carrying a full load of fuel. They insist on Australia or death.

The clever captain fools them for a time but runs out of fuel off the shores of the Commoros Islands, a popular resort. The crash is captured on film. It's skillful enough, given the clunky airframe but most of the passengers panic and drown.

It's not a detective story but rather a dramatic tale of three nuts and one talented pilot. Two of the survivors and the pilot himself provide the details of the event. It happened before the 9/11 attacks so the cabin doors were open. They've since been sealed off from the passenger cabin.

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