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Locust swarm forces Ethiopian Boeing to divert

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 15, 2020
An Ethiopian airliner was diverted to Addis Ababa Airport after colliding with a swarm of locust midair.
Boeing 737-700 ET-ALN
Business in Africa   Boeing 737-700 ET-ALN
The plane, Boeing 737-700, registration ET-ALN performing flight ET-363 was flying from Djibouti to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, The Standard reported.

Topics: Locust s Ethiopian Boeing

As it was approaching Dire Dawa for a landing, the aircraft initially flew through a small number of locusts, Aero-News, a multi-channel aviation digital hub reported.

The crew decided to approach Dire Dawa with caution since the locusts were not enough to prevent them from approaching the airport.

Few moments later, the plane hit a larger swarm with some locust trapped in the engine and others hit the windshield which impacted and reduced visibility from the cockpit window.

According to, the pilot tried in scant success to clean the screen using wipers.

No casualties were reported and the Dire Dawa bound passengers had another flight.