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Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2015
Date:Thursday 7 August 1980
Type:Tupolev 154B-1
Registration: YR-TPH
C/n / msn: 78A-277
First flight: 1978
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 152
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 168
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nouadhibou Airport (NDB) (   Mauritania)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport (OTP/LROP), Romania
Destination airport:Nouadhibou Airport (NDB/GQPP), Mauritania
The Tupolev crew couldn't see the runway while descending through the 90m decision height. A missed approach procedure was initiated when the pilot felt contact with the what he thought was ground, but was actually water, 300m short of the runway.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

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Distance from Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport to Nouadhibou Airport as the crow flies is 4700 km (2938 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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