Aeroflot Flight 418
An Aeroflot Tu-154 similar to the one involved in the accident (1978)
|Date||1 June 1976|
|Summary||Undetermined (possible radar failure)|
|Site||Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
|Aircraft type||Tupolev Tu-154A|
|Flight origin||Quatro de Fevereiro Airport|
|1st stopover||Malabo International Airport|
|Last stopover||Tripoli International Airport|
|Destination||Sheremetyevo International Airport|
Aeroflot Flight 418 refers to a Tupolev Tu-154A, registration CCCP-85102, that was operating the second leg of an international scheduled Luanda–Malabo–Tripoli–Moscow passenger service under the airline's International Civil Aviation Directorate, and crashed on 1 June 1976.
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. 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.
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.
- Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- "Aeroflot known accident record 1966–76". Flight International: 1695. 11 December 1976. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- "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.