The Tupolev Tu-154 (Template:Lang-ru; NATO reporting name: Careless) is a three-engine medium-range narrow-body airliner designed in the mid 1960s and manufactured by Tupolev. As the mainstay 'workhorse' of Soviet and (subsequently) Russian airlines for several decades, it serviced over a sixth of the world's landmass and carried half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries (137.5 million/year or 243.8 billion passenger kilometers in 1990). Having been exported and operated by 17 non-Russian airlines and a number of air forces, it remained the standard domestic route airliner of Russia and former Soviet states until the mid 2000s.

With a cruising speed of (606 mph), the Tu-154 is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in operation and has a range of 5,280 kilometres (3,280 mi). Capable of operating from unpaved and gravel airfields, it was widely used in extreme Arctic conditions of Russia's northern and eastern regions where other airliners were unable to operate and where service facilities were very basic. With a service life of 45,000 hours (18,000 cycles) but capable of 80,000 hours with upgrades, it is expected to continue operations until 2016, although noise regulations have seen services to western Europe and other areas restricted. In January 2010, Russian flag carrier Aeroflot announced the retirement of its Tu-154 fleet after 40 years service with the last scheduled flight being Aeroflot Flight 736 from Ekaterinburg to Moscow on 31 December 2009.[1]

Since 1968 there have been 39 fatal incidents involving the Tu-154, most of which were caused either by factors unrelated to the aircraft or by its extensive use in demanding conditions.[2][3]


The Tu-154 was developed to meet Aeroflot's requirement to replace the jet-powered Tu-104, the Antonov An-10 'Ukraine' and the Ilyushin Il-18 turboprops. The requirements called for either a payload capacity of 16–18 tonnes (35,000–40,000 lb) with a range of 2,850–4,000 kilometres (1,770–2,500 mi) while cruising at a speed of 900 km/h (560 mph), or a payload of 5.8 tonnes (13,000 lb) with a range of 5,800–7,000 kilometres (3,600–4,300 mi) while cruising at 850 km/h (530 mph) at maximum take-off weight was also stipulated as a requirement. Conceptually similar to the British Hawker Siddeley Trident, which first flew in 1962, and the Boeing 727, which first flew in 1963, the medium-range Tu-154 would be marketed by Tupolev at the same time as Ilyushin was marketing the long-range Ilyushin Il-62. The Soviet Ministry of Aircraft Industry chose the Tu-154 as it incorporated the latest in Soviet aircraft design and best met Aeroflot's anticipated requirements for the 1970s and 1980s.[4]

The first project chief was Sergey Yeger but in 1964, Dmitryi S. Markov assumed that position. In 1975 he turned it over to Aleksandr S. Shengardt.[5]

The Tu-154 first flew on 4 October 1968. The first deliveries to Aeroflot were in 1970 with freight (mail) services beginning in May 1971 and passenger services in February 1972. There was still limited production of the 154M model as of January 2009, despite previous announcements of the end of production in 2006.[6] 1025 Tu-154s have been built, 214 of which are still in service as of 14 December 2009.[7]


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The Tu-154 is powered by three rear-mounted low-bypass turbofan engines arranged similarly to those of the Boeing 727, but it is slightly larger than its American counterpart. Both the 727 and the Tu-154 use an S-duct for the middle (number 2) engine. The original model had Kuznetsov NK-8-2, while the Tu-154M has Soloviev D-30KU-154 engines. All Tu-154 aircraft models have a higher thrust-to-weight ratio than that of the 727 – this gives them superior performance, although at the expense of poorer fuel efficiency, which became an important factor in later decades as fuel costs grew.

The cabin of the Tu-154, although of the same six-abreast seating layout, gives the impression of an oval interior, with a lower ceiling than is common on Boeing and Airbus airliners. The passenger cabin accommodates 128 passengers in two-class layout and 164 passengers in single-class layout, and up to 180 passengers in high-density layout. The layout can be modified to what is called a winter version where some seats are taken out and a wardrobe is installed for passenger coats. The passenger doors are also smaller than on its Boeing and Airbus counterparts. Furthermore, luggage space in the overhead compartments is very limited.

Like the Tupolev Tu-134, the Tu-154 has a wing swept back at 35° at the quarter-chord line. The British Hawker Siddeley Trident has the same sweepback angle, while the Boeing 727 has a slightly smaller sweepback angle of 32°. The wing also has anhedral (downward sweep) which is distinguishing feature of Russian low-wing airliners designed during this era. Most Western low-wing airliners such as the contemporary Boeing 727 have Dihedral (upward sweep). The anhedral means that Russian airliners have poor lateral stability compared to Western ones, but also have weaker dutch roll tendencies, eliminating the need for a yaw damper.

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Like many other Soviet-built airliners, the Tu-154 has an oversized landing gear enabling it to land on unpaved runways, once common in rural areas of the Soviet Union. The aircraft has two six-wheel main bogies fitted with large low-pressure tires that retract into pods extending from the trailing edges of the wings (a common Tupolev feature), plus a two-wheel nose gear unit. Soft oleo struts (shock absorbers) provide a much smoother ride on bumpy airfields than most airliners, which only very rarely operate on such poor surfaces.

The original requirement was to have a three-person flight crew – captain, first officer and flight engineer – as opposed to 4/5-person crew on other Soviet airliners. A fourth crew member, a navigator, is usually also present in the former Soviet Union, due to union rules. Navigators are no longer trained and this profession will become obsolete with the retirement of older Soviet era planes.

The plane's avionics suite, for the first time in the Soviet Union, is built to American airworthiness standardsTemplate:Citation needed. The latest variant (Tu-154M-100, introduced 1998) includes an NVU-B3 Doppler navigation system, a triple autopilot, which provides an automatic ILS approach according to ICAO category II weather minima, an autothrottle, a Doppler drift and speed measure system (DISS), "Kurs-MP" radio navigation suite and othersTemplate:Citation needed. Modern upgrades normally include a TCAS, GPS and other modern systems, mostly American or EU-made.

Early versions of the Tu-154 cannot be modified to meet the current Stage III noise regulations and are banned from flying where those regulations are in force, such as Europe. The Tu-154M may use hush kits to meet Stage III and theoretically Stage IV. However current European Union regulations forbid the use of hush kits to meet Stage IV. The Tu-154M would need to be re-engined to meet Stage IV within the EU, an extensive and potentially expensive upgrade.


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Many variants of this airliner have been built. Like its western counterpart, the 727, many of the Tu-154s in service have been hush-kitted, and some converted to freighters.

Tu-154 production started in 1970, while first passenger flight was performed at 9 February 1972. Powered by Kuznetsov NK-8-2 turbofans, it carried 164 passengers. About 42 were built.
The first upgraded version of the original Tu-154, the A model, in production since 1974, added center-section fuel tanks and more emergency exits, while engines were upgraded to higher-thrust Kuznetsov NK-8-2U. Other upgrades include automatic flaps/slats and stabilizer controls and modified avionics. Max. take-off weight – 94,000 kg (207,235 lb). There were 15 different interior layouts for the different domestic and international customers of the airplane, seating between 144 and 152 passengers. The easiest way to tell the A model from the base model is by looking at the spike at the junction of the fin and tail; this is a fat bullet on the A model rather than a slender spike on the base model.[8]
As the original Tu-154 and Tu-154A suffered wing cracks after only a few years in service, a version with a new, stronger wing, designated Tu-154B, went into production in 1975. It also had an extra fuel tank in fuselage, extra emergency exits in the tail, and the maximum take-off weight increased to 98,000 kg (216,053 lb). Also important to Aeroflot was that the increased passenger capacity led to lower operating costs. As long as the airplane had the NK-8-2U engines the only way to improve the economics of the airplane was to spread costs across more seats.[9] The autopilot was certified for ICAO Category II automatic approaches. Most previously built Tu-154 and Tu-154A were also modified into this variant, with the replacement of the wing. Max. take-off weight increased to 96,000 kg (211,644 lb). 111 were built.
Aeroflot wanted this version for increased revenue on domestic routes. It carried 160 passengers. This version also had some minor modifications to fuel system, avionics, air conditioning, landing gear. 64 were built from 1977–1978.
A minor modernization of Tu-154B-1. The airplane was designed to be converted from the 160 passenger version to a 180 passenger version by removing the galley.[10] The procedure took about two and a half hours. Some of the earlier Tu-154B modified to that standard. Max. take-off weight increased to 98,000 kg (216,053 lb), later to 100,000 kg (220,462 lb). 311 aircraft were built, including VIP versions, a few of them are still in use.
The Tu-154S is an all-cargo or freighter version of the Tu-154B, using a strengthened floor, and adding a forward cargo door on the port side of the fuselage. The airplane could carry 9 Soviet PAV-3 pallets. Max. payload – 20,000 kg (44,092 lb). There were plans for 20 aircraft, but only nine aircraft were converted; two from Tu-154 model and seven from Tu-154B model. Trials were held in the early 1980's and the aircraft was authorized regular operations in 1984. By 1997 all had been retired.[11]
The Tu-154M and Tu-154M Lux are the most highly upgraded version, which first flew in 1982 and entered mass production in 1984. It uses more fuel-efficient Soloviev D-30KU-154 turbofans. Together with significant aerodynamic refinement, this led to much lower fuel consumption and therefore longer range, as well as lower operating costs. The aircraft has new double-slotted (instead of triple-slotted) flaps, with an extra 36-degree position (in addition to existing 15, 28 and 45-degree positions on older versions), which allows reduction of noise on approach. It also has a relocated auxiliary power unit and numerous other improvements. Maximum takeoff weight increased first to 100,000 kg (220,462 lb), then to 102,000 kg (224,872 lb). Some aircraft are certified to 104,000 kg (229,281 lb). About 320 were manufactured. Mass production ended in 2006, though limited manufacturing continued as of January 2009.(photo link) No new airframes have been built since the early 1990s, and production since then involved assembling airplanes from components on hand.[12] Chinese Tu-154MD electronic intelligence aircraft carries a large-size synthetic aperture radar (SAR) under its mainframe.[13]
Cosmonaut Trainer. This was a Salon VIP aircraft modified to train cosmonauts to fly the Buran reusable spacecraft, the Soviet equivalent of the US Space Shuttle. The Tu-154 was used because the Buran required a steep descent, and the Tu-154 was capable of replicating that. The cabin featured trainee work-stations, one of which was the same as the Buran's flightdeck. The forward baggage compartment was converted into a camera bay, because the aircraft was also used to train cosmonauts in observation and photographic techniques.[14]
Tu-154M-ON Monitoring Aircraft
Germany modified one of the Tu-154s it had on hand from the former East German Air Force into an observation airplane. This airplane was involved with the Open Skies inspection flights. It was converted at the Elbe Aircraft Plant (Elbe Flugzeugwerke) in Dresden, and flew in 1996. After two dozen monitoring missions, it was lost in a mid-air collision in 1997.[15]
The Russians also converted a Tu-154M to serve as an Open Skies Monitoring aircraft. They used the Tu-154M-LK-1, and converted it to a Tu-154M-ON. When the aircraft is not flying over North America, it is used to ferry cosmonauts around. The Chinese are also believed to have converted one Tu-154 to an electronic countermeasures aircraft.[16]
Design of this variant started in 1994, but the first aircraft were not delivered until 1998. It is an upgraded version with Western avionics, including the Flight Management Computer, GPS, EGPWS, TCAS, and other modern systems. The airplane could carry up to 157 passengers. The cabin featured an automatic oxygen system and larger overhead bins. Only three were produced, as payment of debts owed by Russia to Slovakia. Three aircraft were delivered in 1998 to Slovak Airlines, and sold back to Russia in 2003.[17]


Civil operatorsEdit

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As of 24 November 2011 108 Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft (all variants) remained in airline service.[18][19] As of 20 February 2011 in Iran, all the remaining numbers of this aircraft were grounded after two recent incidents.[20][21] Major operators include:

Airline In Service
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Template:Flag icon Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise 6
Template:Flag icon Aria Air 3
Template:Flag icon Moscow Airlines 2
Template:Flag icon Aviaenergo 3
Template:Flag icon Belavia 3
Template:Flag icon Eram Air 3 (grounded)
Template:Flag icon Gazpromavia 3
Template:Flag icon orenair 3
Template:Flag icon KMV 9
Template:Flag icon Kogalymavia 5
Template:Flag icon Kyrgyzstan Airlines 2
Template:Flag icon South East Airlines 5
Template:Flag icon Taban Air 1 (grounded)
Template:Flag icon Tajik Air 6
Template:Flag icon Tatarstan Airlines 5
Template:Flag icon UTair Aviation 19
Template:Flag icon Vladivostok Air 3
Template:Flag icon Yakutia Airlines 6

Former civil operatorsEdit

Past and present operators:
Abakan Air Enterprise, Aerokuznetsk, Aeroservice Kazakhstan, Aerotrans, Aerovolga, Air Georgia, Air Great Wall, Air Savari, AJT, Amur Avia, Asian Star, Aviaprad, Aviaprima, AVL Arkhangel, Baltic Express, Barnaul Air, Bratsk Air, Chelal, Chernomoravia, China Glory, China Xinjiang, Chita Avia, Diamond Sakha, East Line, Elk Estonian, Georgia Air Prague, Gomel UAD, Imair, Iron Dragonfly, Khabarovsk Aero, Latpass, Macedonia Airservice, Murmansk Air, Nizhny Novgorod Air, Orbi Georgian, Sakha Avia, Surgut Avia, Tomsk Air, Transeuropean, Turanair, Tyumen Airlines, Ulyanovsk Airlines, Vitair.

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  • Government of Czech Republic
  • Government of Romania
  • Government of Slovakia

Military operatorsEdit

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People's Liberation Army Air Force
Korean People's Air Force
Russian Air Force
Military of Turkmenistan – 2 Tu-154B aircraft in service.
Ukrainian Air Force
Uzbekistan Air Force


Bulgarian Air Force One 154B retired 1988; one 154M retired April 2010, replaced by A319 CFM[22][23]
Czechoslovakian Air Force (passed on to successor states)
Czech Air Force (replaced by Airbus A319CJ)
Cuban Air Force (out of service)
East German Air Force (passed on to FRG)
Luftwaffe (taken over from East Germany; 1 lost in mid-air collision, the other one sold)
Polish Air Force – 1 Tu-154M in service this aircraft was retired in 2011, 1 Tu-154M .crashed in 2010.
Mongolian Air Force (out of service)
Soviet Air Force (passed on to successor states)

Incidents and accidentsEdit

As of January 2011, since 1970 there have been 110 serious incidents involving the Tu-154,[24] and 69 hull losses, 30 of which did not involve fatalities.[25] Of the fatal incidents, six resulted from terrorist or military action (two other war-time losses were non fatal) including an accidental missile shoot-down by Ukraine, several from poor runway conditions in winter (including one in which the airplane struck snow plows on the runway), cargo overloading in the lapse of post-Soviet federal safety standards, and mid-air collisions due to faulty air traffic control. Other incidents resulted from mechanical problems (two cases prior to 2001), running out of fuel on unscheduled routes, pilot errors (including flight training for new crews), and cargo fires. The Tu-154 is described as having an average (or better than expected) safety record considering its length of service and heavy use in demanding conditions where other airliners are unable to operate.[3] On January 2, 2011, Russia's Federal Transport Oversight Agency advised airlines to stop using remaining examples of the Tu-154 (B variant) until the fatal fire incident in Surgut had been investigated.[26] Its operation in Iran, which is subject to an aircraft parts embargo, ceased in February 2011 due to a number of incidents involving the type (almost 9% of all Tu-154 losses have occurred in Iran) [27] In 2010 there were two fatal losses of the Tu-154 due to pilor error and/or weather conditions (a Polish presidential jet attempting to land at an airfield in heavy fog and a Russian-registered plane that suffered engine stall after a crew member inactivated a fuel transfer pump). Following these accidents, in March 2011 the Russian Federal Bureau of Aviation recommended a withdrawal of remaining Tu-154M from service.[28] In December 2010, Uzbekistan Airways also declared that it will cease to operate Tu-154s from 2011.[29]

Tail number Location Fatalities Brief description
19.02.1973 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85023 Template:Flag icon Prague 66/100 Landed 470 m short of the runway
03.1973 Template:Flag icon n.d. Template:Flag icon near Kiev 0/n.d. Crashed
07.05.1973 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85030 Template:Flag icon Vnukovo 0/6 Crashed during training flight
10.07.1974 Template:Flag icon SU-AXB Template:Flag icon Cairo 6/6 Crashed during training flight
30.09.1975 Template:Flag icon HA-LCI Template:Flag icon Beirut 60/60 Crashed in the sea on final approach in clear weather, allegedly shot down by one or two air to air missiles fired by either IDF or SDF forces.
01.06.1976 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85102 Template:Flag icon Malabo 46/46 Crashed into a mountain on final approach
1976 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85020 Template:Flag icon Kiev 0/n.d. Rough landing, written off. Now in museum
02.12.1977 Template:Flag icon LZ-BTN Template:Flag icon Benghazi 59/165 Unable to land in dense fog the plane ran out of fuel searching another airfield and crash-landed
23.03.1978 Template:Flag icon LZ-BTB Template:Flag icon near Damascus 4/4 Crashed on final approach
19.05.1978 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85169 Template:Flag icon Tver oblast 4/134 Fuel supply turned off due to flight engineer error, crash-landed in field
18.02.1978 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85087 Template:Flag icon Novosibirsk 0/n.d. Fire onboard
01.03.1980 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85103 Template:Flag icon Orenburg 0/161 Rough landing
07.07.1980 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85355 Template:Flag icon Alma-Ata 164/164 Crashed at take-off
07.08.1980 Template:Flag icon YR-TPH Template:MRT 1/168 Ditched 300 m short of runway
08.10.1980 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85321 Template:Flag icon Chita 0/n.d. Rough landing
13.06.1981 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85029 Template:Flag icon Bratsk 0/n.d. Overran on landing, fuselage broke into two
16.11.1981 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85480 Template:Flag icon Norilsk 99/167 Rough landing 470 m short of runway due to crew errors
21.10.1981 Template:Flag icon HA-LCF Template:Flag icon Prague 0/81 Rough landing due to crew error
11.10.1984 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85243 Template:Flag icon Omsk 4+174/179 Collided with maintenance vehicles on landing due to controller error
23.12.1984 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85338 Template:Flag icon Krasnoyarsk 110/110 Engine fire and hydraulics fault
10.07.1985 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85311 Template:Flag icon Uchkuduk 200/200 Overloaded plane stalled and crashed due to crew errors
1986 Template:Flag icon 7O-ACN Template:Flag icon Aden n.d. Overran on landing, never repaired
21.05.1986 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85327 Template:Flag icon Domodedovo 0/175 Deformation of fuselage due to crew errors during flight
18.01.1988 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85254 Template:Flag icon Krasnovodsk 11/143 Rough landing, plane broke into two
08.03.1988 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85413 Template:Flag icon Vetschyovo 9/n.d. Blown up by hijackers (Ovechkin family)
24.09.1988 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85479 Template:Flag icon Aleppo 0/168 Broke into two on landing, was caught by wind shear
24.09.1988 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85617 Template:Flag icon Norilsk 0/n.d. Rough landing, turned into training mock-up
13.01.1989 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85067 Template:Flag icon Monrovia 0/n.d. Aborted take-off and runway overrun due to overloading
09.02.1989 Template:Flag icon YR-TPJ Template:Flag icon Bucharest 5/5 Crashed at take-off due to engine failure
20.10.1990 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85268 Template:Flag icon Kutaisi 0/171 Nosegear collapsed due to overloading
17.11.1990 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85664 Template:Flag icon Czech republic 0/6 Fire onboard, the plane burned out after emergency landing
23.05.1991 Template:Flag icon CCCP-85097 Template:Flag icon Leningrad 2+13/178 Rough landing, nosegear collapsed and plane broke into two
14.09.1991 Template:Flag icon CU-T1227 Template:Flag icon Mexico City 0/112 Overran on landing
05.06.1992 Template:Flag icon LZ-BTD Template:Flag icon Varna 0/130 Overran on landing in heavy rain
18.06.1992 Template:Flag icon RA-85282 Template:Flag icon Bratsk 1+0/0 Burned out during refueling
18.06.1992 Template:Flag icon RA-85234 Template:Flag icon Bratsk 0/0 Burned out in the same incident
20.07.1992 Template:Flag icon 4L-85222 Template:Flag icon Tbilisi 4+24/24 Crashed at take-off due to overloading
01.08.1992 Template:Flag icon YA-TAP Template:Flag icon Kabul 0/0 Destroyed in the airport by mortar fire
05.09.1992 Template:Flag icon UR-85269 Template:Flag icon Kiev 0/147 Rough landing with left gear still retracted
13.10.1992 Template:Flag icon RA-85528 Template:Flag icon Vladivostok 0/67 The plane was unable to take-off due to overloading
05.12.1992 Template:Flag icon EK-85105 Template:Flag icon Erevan 0/154 Overran on landing
19.01.1993 Template:Flag icon UK-85533 Template:Flag icon Delhi 0/165 Rough landing due to crew error
08.02.1993 Template:Flag icon EP-ITD Template:Flag icon near Tehran 2+131/131 Mid-air collision with Su-22
22.09.1993 Template:Flag icon 4L-85163 Template:Flag icon Sukhumi 108/132 Shot down by missile
23.09.1993 Template:Flag icon 4L-85359 Template:Flag icon Sukhumi 0/0 Damaged by shelling, never repaired
25.12.1993 Template:Flag icon RA-85296 Template:Flag icon Grozny 0/172 Rough landing, nosegear collapsed. Destroyed by air strike in 1994
03.01.1994 Template:Flag icon RA-85656 Template:Flag icon Irkutsk 1+125/125 Engine fire at take-off, hydraulics failed
06.06.1994 Template:Flag icon B-2610 Template:Flag icon Xian 160/160 Disintegrated in mid-air due to errors in auto-pilot settings
21.01.1995 Template:Flag icon UP-85455 Template:Flag icon Karachi 0/117 The plane was unable to take-off due to overloading
07.12.1995 Template:Flag icon RA-85164 Template:Flag icon near Khabarovsk 98/98 Asymmetrical fuel supply from wing tanks, the captain mistakenly increased the right heel and the plane crashed
29.08.1996 Template:Flag icon RA-85621 Template:Flag icon Longyearbyen 141/141 Crashed in the mountain on final approach due to crew error
13.09.1997 Template:Flag icon 11+02 Template:Flag icon Namibia 24/24 Mid-air collision with USAF C-141
15.12.1997 Template:Flag icon EY-85281 Template:Flag icon Sharja 85/86 Landed short of runway, crew error
29.08.1998 Template:Flag icon CU-T1264 Template:Flag icon Quito 10+70/91 Aborted take-off, overran and caught fire
24.02.1999 Template:Flag icon B-2622 Template:Flag icon Ruian 61/61 Crashed on final approach due to technical failure
04.07.2000 Template:Flag icon HA-LCR Template:Flag icon Saloniki 0/76 Accidental gear-up touchdown during the landing at Thessaloniki, skidded on runway, but able to take off and land normally after a go-around.
03.07.2001 Template:Flag icon RA-85845 Template:Flag icon Irkutsk 145/145 Stalled and crashed on final approach due to crew errors
04.10.2001 Template:Flag icon RA-85693 Black sea 78/78 Allegedly shot down by stray Ukrainian missile
12.02.2002 Template:Flag icon EP-MBS Template:Flag icon Khorremabad 119/119 Crashed on final approach
20.02.2002 Template:Flag icon EP-LBX Template:Flag icon Mashhad 0/n.d. Rough landing, sent to Vnukovo for repair where a nosegear collapsed
01.07.2002 Template:Flag icon RA-85816 Template:DEU 2+69/69 Mid-air collision with Boeing 757 due to controller error
24.08.2004 Template:Flag icon RA-85556 Template:Flag icon Millerovo 46/46 Exploded in mid-air by suicide bomber
22.08.2006 Template:Flag icon RA-85185 Template:Flag icon near Donetsk 170/170 Stalled and crashed due to attempt to fly over storm front at critical altitude
01.09.2006 Template:Flag icon EP-MCF Template:Flag icon Mashhad 29/147 The tyre blew out on landing, the plane skidded off the runway and caught fire
30.06.2008 Template:Flag icon RA-85667 Template:Flag icon St Petersburg 0/112 Engine fire at take-off, take off was aborted and the plane written off
15.07.2009 Template:Flag icon EP-CPG Template:Flag icon near Qazvin 168/168 Engine fire and explosion, the plane lost control and crashed
24.01.2010 Template:Flag icon RA-85787 Template:Flag icon Mashhad 0/170 Rough landing, the plane broke up and caught fire
10.04.2010 Template:Flag icon 101 Template:Flag icon Smolensk 96/96 Crashed on final approach in thick fog on an airfield with no ILS. President Lech Kaczyński and other high ranking officials were onboard and died in the crash.
07.09.2010 Template:Flag icon RA-85684 Template:Flag icon Izhma 0/81 Emergency landing at remote airfield after general electrical failure at 34,800 ft, overran the small runway and sustained minor damage with no injuries. In March 2011 it was flown back to Samara for structural inspection.[30]
04.12.2010 Template:Flag icon RA-85744 Template:Flag icon Moscow 2/170 An emergency landing after two engines failed shortly after take-off; full of fuel. Overran the runway and broke up into three. The accident investigation revealed that a crew member had mistakenly switched off a fuel transfer pump thereby causing fuel-starvation and subsequent engine stall [31]
01.01.2011 Template:Flag icon RA-85588 Template:Flag icon Surgut 3/124 Fire onboard and subsequent explosion while taxiing for take-off, all three engines running.[32]


Measurement Tu-154B-2 Tu-154M
Cockpit crew Three/Four
Seating capacity 114–180
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Maximum speed 950 km/h (510 kn)
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Engine (x 3) Kuznetsov NK-8-2U Soloviev D-30KU-154
Max. thrust (x 3) 90 kN (20,000 lbf) each[33] 103 kN (23,148 lbf) each[33]

See alsoEdit

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Tu-154: The backbone of Russian fleets BBC News
  4. Komissarov, p. 8.
  5. Komissarov, pp. 5, 18
  6. Aviakor ends Tupolev Tu-154M production after fulfilling last order
  7. Tu-154 Production Numbers
  8. Komissarov, p. 21
  9. OKB Tupolev, A History of the Design Bureau and its Aircraft, Yefin Gordon and Vladimir Rigmant, translated by Alexander Boyd, edited by Dmitriy Komissarov (Hinckley, UK, 2005) ISBN 1-85780-214-4 p. 257.
  10. Komissarov, p. 27
  11. Komissarov, pp. 29–31
  12. Komissarov, p. 34
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  14. Komissarov, pp. 36–37
  15. Komissarov, pp. 38–39
  16. Komissarov, p. 40
  17. Komissarov, pp. 36, 144–145
  18. Photo search results
  19. AeroTransport Data Bank
  20. Iranian airlines fleet
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  24. All incidents involving Tu-154 at Aviation Safety Database
  25. Incidents with hull-loss involving Tu-154 at Aviation Safety Database
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  28. Agencja zaleca wycofanie Tu-154M
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  30. Alrosa Tu-154 overruns after emergency landing in Russia , FlightGlobal, 2010-09-07
  31. BBC News – Two dead as engine failure airliner lands in Moscow. (2010-12-04). Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  32. Russian Passenger Jet Explodes; 3 Dead. (2011-01-01).
  33. 33.0 33.1 Originally measured as 10,500 kgf.


  • Dmitriy Komissarov, Tupolev Tu-154, The USSR's Medium-Range Jet Airliner, (Hinckley, UK, 2007) ISBN 1-185780-241-1
  • Yefin Gordon and Vladimir Rigmant, OKB Tupolev, A History of the Design Bureau and its Aircraft, translated by Alexander Boyd, edited by Dmitriy Komissarov (Hinckley, UK, 2005) ISBN 1-85780-214-4

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