Accident description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 2 December 1977
Type:Tupolev 154A
Operating for:Libyan Arab Airlines
Leased from:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-BTN
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Benghazi (   Libya) show on map
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
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.

Classification:
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Tupolev Tu-154 / Colin Ballantine


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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 display the exact flight path.
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.
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