Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns

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Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns
Occurrence summary
Date 21, 23 September 1993
Summary Shoot down, destroyed on the ground
Site Georgia, Black Sea
Total fatalities 28
Total injuries (non-fatal) ?
Total survivors 29
First aircraft
Tupolev Tu-134A-3, Aeroflot AN1089509.jpg
The crashed aircraft in Aeroflot livery
Type Tupolev Tu-134A-3
Operator Transair Georgia
Registration 65893
Flight origin Sochi Airport
Destination Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport
Passengers 22
Crew 5
Fatalities 27 (all)
Survivors 0
Second aircraft
Type Tupolev Tu-134A
Operator Transair Georgia
Registration CCCP-65501
Flight origin Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport
Destination Novo Alexeyevka Airport
Passengers 24
Crew 6
Fatalities 1
Survivors 29

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.

21 September[edit]

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.[1]

23 September[edit]

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.[2]