Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns

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In September, 1993, three Tupolev civilian airliners belonging to Transair Georgia were hit by missiles fired by rebels in Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia. A total of 136 perished in the attacks.

21 September[edit]

A Tu-134 aircraft flying from Sochi was hit on approach to Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport by a surface-to-air missile. The plane crashed into the Black Sea, killing all five crew members and 22 passengers.[1]

22 September[edit]

Another plane (Tu-154) flying from Tbilisi (and reportedly carrying Georgian soldiers[2]) was shot down while attempting to land at the Sukhumi airport and crashed on the runway, killing 108 of the 132 people on board.[3]

23 September[edit]

Passengers were boarding an aircraft at Sukhumi when it was struck by mortar or artillery fire from the rebels. It caught fire and burned out, leaving one crew member dead.[4]

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