Accident Tupolev Tu-154A HA-LCI, Tuesday 30 September 1975
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Date:Tuesday 30 September 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-154A
Owner/operator:Malev Hungarian Airlines
Registration: HA-LCI
MSN: 74A053
Year of manufacture:1974
Total airframe hrs:1186 hours
Engine model:Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Fatalities:Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 60
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:10 km off Beirut International Airport (BEY) -   Lebanon
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Budapest-Ferihegy Airport (BUD/LHBP)
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA)
Malev flight 240 departed Budapest at 23:10 for a flight to Beirut. After contacting Beirut at 02:33 the crew got permission to descend to 6000 feet.
The aircraft crashed into the sea while approaching Beirut. The ILS localizer was unserviceable at the time of the accident. Visual approach should have been possible from the BOD NDB with a visibility of 20 km below clouds.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.


Aviation News 31 October 1975
Soviet Transports
ICAO Adrep


  • 7th worst accident in 1975
  • 24th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Dr. Peter Moys, via Werner Fischdick; Budapest-Ferihegy Airport (BUD); July 1975

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