ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-154A LZ-BTN Benghazi
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Date:Friday 2 December 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154A
Operating for:Libyan Arab Airlines
Leased from:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-BTN
MSN: 74A054
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
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Benghazi (   Libya)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jeddah International Airport (JED/OEJD), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
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.

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

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photo of Tupolev-Tu-154A-LZ-BTN
accident date: 02-12-1977
type: Tupolev Tu-154A
registration: LZ-BTN

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 International Airport to Benghazi-Benina International Airport as the crow flies is 2200 km (1375 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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