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1977 Benghazi Libyan Arab Airlines Tu 154 crash

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Site  near Benghazi, Libya
Crew  6
Survivors  106
Date  2 December 1977
Summary  Fuel starvation
Passenger count  159
Passengers  159
Fatalities  59
Aircraft type  Tupolev Tu-154
Number of deaths  59
Survivor  106
Location  Libya
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The 1977 Benghazi Libyan Arab Airlines Tu-154 crash occurred after a Tupolev Tu-154 ran out of fuel near Benghazi on 2 December 1977. A total of 59 passengers were killed in the crash.

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Aircraft

The aircraft was a Tu-154A registered LZ-BTN and had its first flight in 1974. It was one of six Tu-154s to be leased by Libyan Arab Airlines from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines for that year's pilgrim flights to Mecca for the Hajj.

Accident

The aircraft took off from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia on a flight to Benina International Airport in the Libyan city of Benghazi with a crew of six and 159 passengers – pilgrims returning to Libya from the Hajj – on board. Egyptian airspace was closed to Libyan aircraft at the time, necessitating an indirect route to Benghazi instead of the direct route across Egypt; the crew reportedly did not plan for the longer flight time, leaving the aircraft short of fuel. As the aircraft neared Benghazi heavy fog blanketed the airport and the crew could not land the aircraft. After failing to locate the alternate airport the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed during the crew's subsequent attempt to make an emergency landing, killing 59 passengers.

References

1977 Benghazi Libyan Arab Airlines Tu-154 crash Wikipedia


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