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|
|Operator:||Malev Hungarian Airlines|
|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)|
|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: The aircraft had been flown at reduced power, leading to a gradual loss of altitude, unnoticed by the crew.