Accident Tupolev Tu-154 SU-AXB, Wednesday 10 July 1974
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Date:Wednesday 10 July 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-154
Registration: SU-AXB
MSN: 73A048
Year of manufacture:1973
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Cairo -   Egypt
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA)
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA)
After a training flight of 3h14 min an overshoot was practiced on Cairo runway 23. The aircraft, named "Nefertiti", lost control and crashed while climbing out.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Continual increase of pitching up attitude during overshoot which lead to the stalling of the aircraft at an insufficient height for recovery.
Contributing were the inaccurate calculation of the CG position before takeoff and the possibility of movement of the ballast weight aft during flight.


Soviet Transports


  • 75th worst accident in 1974
  • 34th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; London-Heathrow Airport (LHR); March 1974

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