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Accident description
Last updated: 5 October 2015
Date:Tuesday 30 September 1975
Type:Tupolev 154A
Operator:Malev Hungarian Airlines
Registration: HA-LCI
C/n / msn: 74A-053
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:1186
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 60
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) off Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Budapest-Ferihegy Airport (BUD/LHBP), Hungary
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Malev flight 240 departed Budapest at 23:10 for a flight to Beirut. After contacting Beirut at 02:33 the crew get permission to descend to 6000 feet.
The aircraft crashed into the sea while approaching Beirut. The ILS localizer was unserviceable at the time of the accident. Visual approach should have been possible from the BOD NDB with a visibility of 20km below clouds.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.

Cause undetermined
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Aviation News 31 October 1975
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Distance from Budapest-Ferihegy Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 2019 km (1262 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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