The air accident of Aviogenex in Libreville took place on April 2, 1977. On that day, crashed one set with 8 passenger Tupolev Tu-134 A-1, with an intercontinental charter cargo flight of the Yugoslav airline Aviogenex from the airport Frankfurt to Libreville was carried out in Gabon . Shortly before landing, the machine crashed after an unplanned ground contact , with all eight people on board the machine being killed.
The affected machine was a Tupolev Tu-134A-1 built in 1976 with the factory number 6348370 and the model serial number 35-01 . The machine was newly delivered to Aviogenex in 1976 and approved by Aviogenex with the aircraft registration YU-AJS . The twin short-range narrow-body aircraft was equipped with two Turbojettriebwerken type Solowjow D-30 II equipped.
Inmates and cargo
There were eight occupants on board the aircraft, six of whom were crew members and two replacement pilots who were flying with them were passengers. Although there was no Tupolev Tu-134 in a configuration as a cargo aircraft, the machine was flown on a makeshift cargo flight that day. Tupolev had loaded meat products that were to be flown from Frankfurt am Main to the Gabonese capital Libreville .
After a flight without any particular incident, the crew of the Tu-134 flew to Libreville Airport with good visibility. Shortly before the planned landing, the pilots noticed that the runway on which they wanted to land was occupied. A Boeing 707 from another airline backed up on the runway. As it turned out later, the Boeing crew had initially traveled on a taxiway. Since there was no way to turn with the machine, it was decided to change lanes. The air traffic controller did not warn the crew of the Tu-134 that the runway was occupied. The captain of the Tu-134 initiated a go- aroundone. Under the difficult conditions due to the continuous rain pounding on the windshield, the tension and tiredness of the crew after the long flight from Europe and due to the unexpectedly necessary second approach, the captain made a mistake when going through: he tore the steering column with a hasty hand movement, as a result of which the machine swerved the next instant. She touched a 60-meter-high baobab tree that had grown along the approach baseline and, due to its enormous height, was even recorded on the Libreville approach charts. The machine then crashed, killing all eight occupants.
- Operating history and accident report Tu-134, YU-AJS , russianplanes.net
- Accident report Tu-134, YU-AJS in the Aviation Safety Network