Narrative:Landing at Benghazi wasn't possible due to heavy fog. When the crew weren't able to locate the alternate airport, they ran out of fuel. A forced landing was carried out. LZ-BTN was one of 6 Tupolev 154s leased by Libyan Arab Airlines from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines for Hadj pilgrim flights to Mecca.
|Date:||Friday 2 December 1977|
|Operating for:||Libyan Arab Airlines|
|Leased from:||Balkan Bulgarian Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 74A-054|
|First flight:|| 1974|
|Total airframe hrs:||3700|
|Engines:|| 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 159|
|Total:||Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 165 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Benghazi (Libya)
|Phase:|| En route / landing (ENR/LDG)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia|
|Destination airport:||Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya|
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport to Benghazi-Benina International Airport as the crow flies is 2184 km (1365 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.