Aeroflot Flight 418

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Aeroflot Flight 418
Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-154 - CCCP-85219.jpg
An Aeroflot Tu-154, similar to the one involved in the accident.
Accident
Date 1 June 1976 (1976-06-01)
Summary Undetermined (possible radar failure)
Site Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
3°30′N 8°42′E / 3.500°N 8.700°E / 3.500; 8.700Coordinates: 3°30′N 8°42′E / 3.500°N 8.700°E / 3.500; 8.700
Aircraft
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-154A
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-85102
Flight origin Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola
Stopover Malabo International Airport, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
1st stopover N'Djamena International Airport, Chad
Last stopover Tripoli International Airport, Libya
Destination Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, USSR
Passengers 42
Crew 4
Fatalities 46 (all)

Aeroflot Flight 418 was an accident involving a Tupolev Tu-154A, registered CCCP-85102, that was operating the second leg of an international scheduled LuandaMalaboN'DjamenaTripoliMoscow passenger service that and crashed on 1 June 1976 into a mountain near Malabo Airport on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.[1]

Description[edit]

The aircraft was en route from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport to Malabo International Airport, when it struck a mountain 750 metres (2,460 ft) high at Bioko, Equatorial Guinea.[1] Initial reports claiming that there were 46 people aboard were later confirmed, with the aircraft actually having 42 passengers and a crew of four on board; all of them perished in the accident.[2][3]

Investigation[edit]

The cause of the accident could not be determined, but the investigation commission suspected that a possible failure of the MSRP-12 radar on the aircraft may have led the crew to be unaware of their position.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Aeroflot known accident record 1966–76". Flight International: 1695. 11 December 1976. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Public-transport accidents". Flight International: 1547. 12 June 1976. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. An Aeroflot Tu-154 is missing on a flight from Luanda to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, as we go to press. It is reported to be carrying a total of 46 crew and passengers.