ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-154B CCCP-85169 Maksatiha, Tver region
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Date:Friday 19 May 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154B
Operator:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Registration: CCCP-85169
MSN: 76A169
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:3308
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 126
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 134
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SE of Maksatiha, Tver region (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baku-Bina International Airport (BAK/UBBB), Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia
En route from Baku to Leningrad, the flight engineer accidentally disconnected the automatic transferring of fuel of the sump tank. When the sump tank became empty, all three engines stopped. The plane crash-landed near Maksatiha, Tver region.

All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

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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 Baku-Bina International Airport to Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport as the crow flies is 2532 km (1582 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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