ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-154B 85163 Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI)
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Date:Wednesday 22 September 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154B
Operator:Orbi Georgian Airways
Registration: 85163
MSN: 76A163
First flight: 1976
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 120
Total:Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 132
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI) (   Georgia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport (TBS/UGGG), Georgia
Destination airport:Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI/UGSS), Georgia
The aircraft was shot down by Abkhazian rebels after a flight from Tbilisi. The Tu-154 crashed onto the runway and caught fire.

Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

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photo of Tupolev-Tu-154B-85163
accident date: 22-09-1993
type: Tupolev Tu-154B
registration: 85163

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport to Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport as the crow flies is 340 km (213 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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