Narrative: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.
|Date:||Tuesday 30 September 1975|
|Operator:||Malev Hungarian Airlines|
|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|
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.
» Aviation News 31.10.1975
» Soviet Transports
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).
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.