44 Years ago today: On 21 September 1977 a Malev Tupolev Tu-134 suffered a CFIT accident on approach to Bucharest, Romania, killing 29 out of 53 occupants.

Date:Wednesday 21 September 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-134
Operator:Malev Hungarian Airlines
First flight:1968
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 53
Aircraft damage:Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,3 km (3.9 mls) SW of Urziceni (   Romania)
Phase:Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Destination airport:Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport (OTP/LROP), Romania


The Tupolev 134 was operating a scheduled flight, MA203, from Istanbul to Budapest with an intermediate stop at Bucharest, Romania. Approaching at FL40 Bucharest the crew were cleared to descend to 600 metres to the Ope NDB and prepare for a straight-in approach to runway 26. The aircraft struck level ground at an elevation of 55 m and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The aircraft had been flown at reduced power, leading to a gradual loss of altitude, unnoticed by the crew.