ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-154A HA-LCI Beirut International Airport (BEY)
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Date:Tuesday 30 September 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154A
Operator:Malev Hungarian Airlines
Registration: HA-LCI
MSN: 74A053
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
Aircraft 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 got 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 20 km below clouds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.

Cause undetermined
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Aviation News 31 October 1975
» Soviet Transports
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photo of Tupolev-Tu-154A-HA-LCI
accident date: 30-09-1975
type: Tupolev Tu-154A
registration: HA-LCI

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Budapest-Ferihegy Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 2019 km (1262 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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