Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns
|Date||21, 23 September 1993|
|Summary||Shoot down, destroyed on the ground|
|Site||Georgia, Black Sea|
|Total injuries (non-fatal)||?|
The crashed aircraft in Aeroflot livery
|Flight origin||Sochi Airport|
|Flight origin||Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport|
|Destination||Novo Alexeyevka Airport|
In September, 1993, two Tupolev civilian airliners belonging to Transair Georgia were hit by missiles allegedly fired by Russian-supported separatists in Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia. A total of 28 people perished in the attacks.
A Tu-134 aircraft flying from Sochi was hit on approach to Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport by a Strela 2 surface-to-air missile. The plane crashed into the Black Sea, killing all five crew members and 22 passengers.
Passengers were boarding a Tu-134 at Sukhumi when it was struck by rockets from an Abkhaz BM-21 Grad rocket launcher. It caught fire and burned out, leaving one crew member dead. The aircraft was due to operate a Sukhumi-Tbilisi service.
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