Malév Flight 240

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MALÉV flight 240
Malev Tupolev Tu-154B-2 Haafke-1.jpg
A Malév Tupolev Tu-154B similar to the aircraft that crashed.
Occurrence summary
Date 30 September 1975
Summary Unknown
Site Mediterranean Sea
near Beirut, Lebanon
Passengers 50
Crew 10
Fatalities 60
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-154B
Operator Malév
Registration HA-LCI
Flight origin Budapest Ferihegy Int'l Airport
Destination Beirut International Airport

Malév Flight 240 was a Tupolev Tu-154 tri-motor jetliner of Malév Hungarian Airlines, which was flying on the Budapest to Beirut regular route when it crashed near the Lebanese shoreline on 30 September 1975. All 50 passengers and 10 crew on board died. No official statement was ever made on the crash and its cause has never been publicly revealed.[1]

In recent years, rumors persist that the plane was shot down, either because it carried arms to some Arab group, or because it was supposed to carry the members of a PLO delegation (but in the end did not).

On 27 September 2007, György Szilvásy, then Minister of Civil Intelligence Services wrote in a letter[2] to Róbert Répássy (Fidesz), member of the Hungarian Parliament, that the Hungarian Office of National Security produced a report on the crash in 2003. The report can be summarized as follows: There are no available original (secret service) documents concerning the case. The report remains top secret, for reasons not connected to the crash.

On 6 January 2009 questions relating to this crash were put forward to the European Commission.[3]


  1. ^ The Lost Flight – Malév 240
  2. ^ Szilvásy's letter (in Hungarian)
  3. ^ Written question to EU Commission

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