Narrative: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.
|Date:||Thursday 7 August 1980|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (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|
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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.