Aeroflot Flight 418
An Aeroflot Tu-154, similar to the one involved in the accident.
|Date||1 June 1976|
|Summary||Undetermined (possible radar failure)|
Bioko, Equatorial Guinea |
|Aircraft type||Tupolev Tu-154A|
|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|
Aeroflot Flight 418 was an accident involving a Tupolev Tu-154A, registered CCCP-85102, that was operating the second leg of an international scheduled Luanda–Malabo–N'Djamena–Tripoli–Moscow passenger service that and crashed on 1 June 1976 into a mountain near Malabo Airport on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.
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.