asn logo
Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 31 March 2015
Date:Wednesday 22 September 1993
Type:Tupolev 154B
Operator:Orbi Georgian Airways
Registration: 85163
C/n / msn: 76A-163
First flight: 1976
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 120
Total:Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 132
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI) (   Georgia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport (TBS/UGGG), Georgia
Destination airport:Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI/UGSS), Georgia
The aircraft was shot down by Abkhazian rebels after a flight from Tbilisi. The Tu-154 crashed onto the runway and caught fire.

Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

» Air International
» Soviet Transports


Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

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 Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport to Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport as the crow flies is 340 km (213 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.
languages: English Franšais Nederlands Deutsch Espanol


Tupolev 154

  • 41st loss
  • 1026 built
  • 6th worst accident (at the time)
  • 13th worst accident (currently)
safety profile

  • worst accident
»safety profile