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Tupolev Tu-154

Tupolev Tu-154M in latest Aeroflot livery
Role Narrow-body jet airliner
National origin Soviet Union/Russia
Manufacturer Tupolev
Designer Tupolev Design Bureau
First flight 4 October 1968
Introduction 7 February 1972 with Aeroflot
Status In limited service
Primary users Rossiya
Russian Air Force
Produced 1968–2013[1]
Number built 1,026
Variants Tupolev Tu-155

The Tupolev Tu-154 (Russian: Ту-154; NATO reporting name: Careless) is a three-engine medium-range narrow-body airliner designed in the mid-1960s and manufactured by Tupolev. A workhorse of Soviet and (subsequently) Russian airlines for several decades, it carried half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries (137.5 million/year or 243.8 billion passenger km in 1990), remaining the standard domestic-route airliner of Russia and former Soviet states until the mid-2000s. It was exported to 17 non-Russian airlines and used as head-of-state transport by the air forces of several countries.

With a cruising speed of 975 kilometres per hour (606 mph), the Tu-154 is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in use and has a range of 5,280 kilometres (3,280 mi). Capable of operating from unpaved and gravel airfields with only basic facilities, it was widely used in the extreme Arctic conditions of Russia's northern/eastern regions where other airliners were unable to operate. Originally designed for a 45,000 hr service life (18,000 cycles) but capable of 80,000 hrs with upgrades, it is expected to continue in service until 2016, although noise regulations have restricted flights to western Europe and other regions.

In January 2010, Russian flag carrier Aeroflot announced the retirement of its Tu-154 fleet after 40 years, with the last scheduled flight being Aeroflot Flight 736 from Ekaterinburg to Moscow on 31 December 2009.[2] The last scheduled public passenger flight took place in May 2015 when Belavia as the last airline worldwide retired their remaining Tu-154s from scheduled services.[3] Since then, the type is only used for military and charter operations.

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.[4][5]


  • Development 1
  • Design 2
  • Variants 3
  • Operators 4
    • Current operators 4.1
    • Former operators 4.2
      • Former civil operators 4.2.1
      • Former military operators 4.2.2
  • Incidents and accidents 5
  • Preserved aircraft 6
  • Specifications 7
  • In popular culture 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
    • Citations 10.1
    • Bibliography 10.2
  • External links 11


Tu-154 for Russian Ministry of Defence Manufacturing, 2009. One of several airframes built in the 1990s and left unsold

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 (1,770–2,490 mi) while cruising at 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). A take-off distance of 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) 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 American Boeing 727, which first flew in 1963, the medium-range Tu-154 was 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.[6]

The first project chief was Sergey Yeger; in 1964, Dmitryi S. Markov assumed that position. In 1975, the project lead role was turned over to Aleksandr S. Shengardt.[7]

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.[8] The last serial Tu-154 was delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry on 19 February 2013.[9] 1025 Tu-154s have been built, 214 of which are still in service as of 14 December 2009.[10] In January 2013 the Aviakor factory announced that it was about to deliver a new Tu-154M to the Russian Ministry of Defense equipped with upgraded avionics, a VIP interior and a communications suite. The factory has 4 unfinished hulls in its inventory which can be completed if new orders are received.[11]


Tupolev Tu-154

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 was equipped with Kuznetsov NK-8-2 engines, which were replaced with Soloviev D-30KU-154 in the Tu-154M. All Tu-154 aircraft models have a relatively high thrust-to-weight-ratio which gave excellent performance, at the expense of poorer fuel efficiency. This became an important factor in later decades as fuel costs grew.

The flight deck is fitted with conventional dual yoke control columns. Flight control surfaces are hydraulically operated.

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 a 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 smaller than on its Boeing and Airbus counterparts. 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 a 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 their Western counterparts, but also have weaker dutch roll tendencies.

Considerably heavier than its predecessor Soviet-built airliner the Ilyushin Il-18, the Tu-154 was equipped with an oversized landing gear to reduce ground load, enabling it to operate from the same runways. 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 crewcaptain, first officer and flight engineer – as opposed to 4/5-person crew on other Soviet airliners. It became evident that a fourth crew member, a navigator, was still needed, and a seat was added on production aircraft, although his workstation was compromised due to the limitations of the original design. Navigators are no longer trained and this profession will become obsolete with the retirement of older Soviet-era planes.

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 others. A stability and control augmentation system improves handling characteristics during manual flight. 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 European Union.


Aeroflot Tu-154A
TAROM Tu-154B-1
Chernomor-Avia Tu-154B-2
Tu-154B-2 of Cubana
Iran Air Tours Tu-154M

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.[12]
As the original Tu-154 and Tu-154A suffered wing cracks after 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.[13] 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 to 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.[14] 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 1980s and the aircraft was authorized regular operations in 1984. By 1997 all had been retired.[15]
The Tu-154M and Tu-154M Lux are the most highly upgraded versions, 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 aircraft from components on hand.[16] Chinese Tu-154MD electronic intelligence aircraft carries a large-size synthetic aperture radar (SAR) under its mainframe.[17]
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 workstations, 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.[18]
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.[19]
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. China is also believed to have converted one Tu-154 to an electronic countermeasures aircraft.[20]
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.[21]
A Tu-154 converted into a testbed for alternative fuels; it first flew in 1988 and was used until the fall of the Soviet Union, after which it was put in storage.
Initial designation of the Tu-154M.
Proposed stretched version of Tu-154.
Proposed shortened version of Tu-154.


Current operators

Rossiya Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M at Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia
Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154B-2
Kosmos Airlines Tu-154M
Gazpromavia Tu-154M
Air Koryo Tu-154B-2
Belavia Tupolev Tu-154M

As of June 2015, there are 56[22] Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft of all variants still in civil or military service. The remaining operators are:[22]

Airline In service Notes
Air Koryo 2
Air Kyrgyzstan 2 Operated for the government
Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan 1
Azerbaijan Airlines 1 Operated for the government
Belavia 4 1 Operated for the government
Gazpromavia 4
Gromov Flight Research Institute 1
Kaz Air Trans 1
Kazaviaspas 1 Used by the Kazakh Ministry of Emergency Situations
Kosmos Airlines 1
People's Liberation Army Air Force 7+ At least 7, might up to 12~14 in service. 6 of them are of ELINT verision (Serial number:B-4015,4016,4017,4024,4029,4138); 6~8 of them are airliners (Serial number:B-4001,4003,4022,4023,4027,4028,4051,4138)
Russian Air Force 16
Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs 4 Operated for the government
Russian Navy 2
Rossiya 3 Operated for the government
Slovak Government Flying Service 2 Operated for the government
Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center 1
Total: 56

As of 20 February 2011, in Iran, all the remaining numbers of the Tu-154 were grounded after two recent incidents.[23][24]

Former operators

Former civil operators

 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 People's Republic of China
 Czech Republic
  • Air Georgia
  • Transair Georgia
  • Government of Romania

Former military operators

Kyrgyzstan Government Tupolev Tu-154M
Polish military VIP transport Tu-154M Lux aircraft from the dissolved 36th Special Air Transport Regiment. This one crashed in heavy fog at Smolensk North Airport on April 10, 2010, killing all occupants, including the Polish President.
Armenian Air Force
Bulgarian Air Force One 154B retired 1988; one 154M retired April 2010, replaced by A319 CFM
Cuban Air Force
Czechoslovak Air Force (passed on to successor states)
 Czech Republic
Czech Air Force (replaced by Airbus A319CJ)
 East Germany
East German Air Force (passed on to FRG)
German Air Force (taken over from East Germany; 1 lost in mid-air collision, the other one sold)
Mongolian Air Force
Polish Air Force – 1 Tu-154M was retired in 2011, 1 Tu-154M crashed in 2010.
Military of Turkmenistan – 2 Tu-154B-2 retired
Ukrainian Air Force
 Soviet Union
Soviet Air Force (passed on to successor states)
Military of Uzbekistan

Incidents and accidents

As of January 2011, since 1970 there have been 110 serious incidents involving the Tu-154,[27] and 69 hull losses, 30 of which did not involve fatalities.[28] Of the fatal incidents, five resulted from terrorist or military action (two other war-time losses were non fatal), 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 inadequate flight training for new crews), and cargo fires; several accidents remain unexplained.

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.[5] 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.[29] Its operation in Iran ceased in February 2011 due to a number of crashes and incidents involving the type (almost 9% of all Tu-154 losses have occurred in Iran). This grounding compounded the effects of US embargo on civil aircraft parts, substantially decreasing the number of airworthy aircraft in the Iranian civil fleet.[30] In 2010 there were two fatal losses of the Tu-154 due to pilot error and/or weather conditions (a Polish presidential jet attempting a rural airfield landing in heavy fog, see 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, and a Russian-registered plane that suffered engine stall after a crew member accidentally de-activated a fuel transfer pump). Following these accidents, in March 2011 the Russian Federal Bureau of Aviation recommended a withdrawal of remaining Tu-154Ms from service.[31] In December 2010, Uzbekistan Airways also declared that it will cease to operate Tu-154s from 2011.[32]

Tail number Location Fatalities Brief description
1973-02-19 CCCP-85023 Prague 66/100 Landed 470 m short of the runway
1973-03 n.d. near Kiev 0/n.d. Crashed
1973-05-07 CCCP-85030 Vnukovo 0/6 Crashed during training flight
1974-07-10 SU-AXB Cairo 6/6 Crashed during training flight
1975-09-30 HA-LCI 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.
1976-06-01 CCCP-85102 Malabo 46/46 Crashed into a mountain on final approach
1976 CCCP-85020 Kiev 0/n.d. Rough landing, written off. Now in museum
1977-12-02 LZ-BTN Benghazi 59/165 Unable to land in dense fog the plane ran out of fuel searching another airfield and crash-landed
1978-03-23 LZ-BTB near Damascus 4/4 Crashed on final approach
1978-05-19 CCCP-85169 Tver oblast 4/134 Fuel supply turned off due to flight engineer error, crash-landed in field
1978-02-18 CCCP-85087 Novosibirsk 0/n.d. Fire onboard
1980-03-01 CCCP-85103 Orenburg 0/161 Rough landing
1980-07-08 CCCP-85355 Alma-Ata 164/164 Crashed at take-off
1980-08-07 YR-TPH  Mauritania 1/168 Ditched 300 m short of runway
1980-10-08 CCCP-85321 Chita 0/n.d. Rough landing
1981-06-13 CCCP-85029 Bratsk 0/n.d. Overran on landing, fuselage broke into two
1981-11-16 CCCP-85480 Norilsk 99/167 Rough landing 470 m short of runway due to crew errors
1981-10-21 HA-LCF Prague 0/81 Rough landing due to crew error
1984-10-11 CCCP-85243 Omsk 4+174/179 Collided with maintenance vehicles on landing due to controller error
1984-12-23 CCCP-85338 Krasnoyarsk 110/111 Engine fire and hydraulics fault. One occupant reportedly survived the crash according Aviation Safety Network.
1985-07-10 CCCP-85311 Uchkuduk 200/200 Overloaded plane stalled and crashed due to crew errors
1986 7O-ACN Aden n.d. Overran on landing, never repaired
1986-05-21 CCCP-85327 Domodedovo 0/175 Deformation of fuselage due to crew errors during flight
1988-01-18 CCCP-85254 Krasnovodsk 11/143 Rough landing, plane broke into two
1988-03-08 CCCP-85413 Veshchevo 9/n.d. Blown up by hijackers (Ovechkin family)
1988-09-24 CCCP-85479 Aleppo 0/168 Broke into two on landing, was caught by wind shear
1988-09-24 CCCP-85617 Norilsk 0/n.d. Rough landing, turned into training mock-up
1989-01-13 CCCP-85067 Monrovia 0/n.d. Aborted take-off and runway overrun due to overloading
1989-02-09 YR-TPJ Bucharest 5/5 Crashed at take-off due to engine failure
1990-10-20 CCCP-85268 Kutaisi 0/171 Nosegear collapsed due to overloading
1990-11-17 CCCP-85664 Velichovky, Czech Republic 0/6 Fire of cargo on board, the plane burned out after emergency landing and broken into several pieces
1991-05-23 CCCP-85097 Leningrad 2+13/178 Rough landing, nosegear collapsed and plane broke into two
1991-09-14 CU-T1227 Mexico City 0/112 Overran on landing
1992-06-05 LZ-BTD Varna 0/130 Overran on landing in heavy rain
1992-06-18 RA-85282 Bratsk 1+0/0 Burned out during refueling
1992-06-18 RA-85234 Bratsk 0/0 Burned out in the same incident
1992-07-20 4L-85222 Tbilisi 4+24/24 Crashed at take-off due to overloading
1992-08-01 YA-TAP Kabul 0/0 Destroyed in the airport by mortar fire
1992-09-05 UR-85269 Kiev 0/147 Rough landing with left gear still retracted
1992-10-13 RA-85528 Vladivostok 0/67 The plane was unable to take-off due to overloading
1992-12-05 EK-85105 Erevan 0/154 Overran on landing
1993-01-19 UK-85533 Delhi 0/165 Rough landing due to crew error
1993-02-08 EP-ITD near Tehran 2+131/131 Mid-air collision with Iranian Air Force Su-24
1993-09-22 4L-85163 Sukhumi 108/132 Shot down by missile
1993-09-23 4L-85359 Sukhumi 0/0 Damaged by shelling, never repaired
1993-12-25 RA-85296 Grozny 0/172 Rough landing, nosegear collapsed. Destroyed by air strike in 1994
1994-01-03 RA-85656 Irkutsk 1+125/125 Engine fire at take-off, hydraulics failed
1994-06-06 B-2610 Xian 160/160 Disintegrated in mid-air due to errors in auto-pilot settings
1995-01-21 UP-85455 Karachi 0/117 The plane was unable to take-off due to overloading
1995-12-07 RA-85164 near Khabarovsk 98/98 Asymmetrical fuel supply from wing tanks, the captain mistakenly increased the right heel and the plane crashed
1996-08-29 RA-85621 Longyearbyen 141/141 Crashed in the mountain on final approach due to crew error
1997-09-13 11+02 Namibia 24/24 Mid-air collision with USAF C-141
1997-12-15 EY-85281 Sharjah 85/86 Landed short of runway, crew error
1998-08-29 CU-T1264 Quito 10+70/91 Aborted take-off, overran and caught fire
1999-02-24 B-2622 Ruian 61/61 Crashed on final approach due to technical failure
2000-07-04 HA-LCR Thessaloniki 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.
2001-07-04 RA-85845 Irkutsk 145/145 Stalled and crashed on final approach due to crew errors
2001-10-04 RA-85693 Black sea 78/78 Mid-air destruction by errant Ukrainian S-200 surface-to-air missile.[33]
2002-02-12 EP-MBS Khorramabad 119/119 Crashed on final approach
2002-02-20 EP-LBX Mashhad 0/n.d. Rough landing, sent to Vnukovo for repair where a nosegear collapsed
2002-07-01 RA-85816  Germany 2+69/69 Mid-air collision with Boeing 757 of DHL Aviation due to confusion between instruction from skyguide air traffic control and Traffic collision avoidance system
2004-08-24 RA-85556 Millerovo 46/46 Exploded in mid-air by suicide bomber
2006-08-22 RA-85185 near Donetsk 170/170 Stalled and crashed due to attempt to fly over storm front at critical altitude
2006-09-01 EP-MCF Mashhad 29/147 The tyre blew out on landing, the plane skidded off the runway and caught fire
2008-06-30 RA-85667 St Petersburg 0/112 Engine fire at take-off, take off was aborted and the plane written off
2009-07-15 EP-CPG near Qazvin 168/168 Engine fire and explosion, the plane lost control and crashed
2010-01-24 RA-85787 Mashhad 0/170 Rough landing, the plane broke up and caught fire
2010-04-10 101 Smolensk 96/96 Crashed on final approach in thick fog on an airfield without ILS. President Lech Kaczyński and other high-ranking officials were on board and died in the crash.
2010-09-07 RA-85684 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.[34] In March 2011 it was flown back to Samara for structural inspection and rehabilitation.[35]
2010-12-04 RA-85744 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[36]
2011-01-01 RA-85588 Surgut 3/124 Fire onboard and subsequent explosion while taxiing for take-off, all three engines running.[37]

Preserved aircraft

  • CCCP-85020 (cn 71A020) at State Aviation Museum[38]
  • CCCP-85040 (cn 73A-040) Early versions of Tu-154. Preserved at Krivy Rig - Aviation Institute[39]
  • EW-85581 (cn 83A-581) Tu-154B-2 preserved on the grounds of Minsk National Airport in Belarus.[40]


Measurement Tu-154B-2 Tu-154M
Cockpit crew Three/Four
Seating capacity 114–180
Length 48.0 metres (157 ft 6 in)
Wingspan 37.55 metres (123 ft 2 in)
Wing area 201.5 square metres (2,169 sq ft)
Height 11.4 metres (37 ft 5 in)
Maximum take-off weight 98,000 kilograms (216,000 lb) – 100,000 kilograms (220,000 lb) 102,000 kilograms (225,000 lb) – 104,000 kilograms (229,000 lb)
Empty weight 50,700 kilograms (111,800 lb) 55,300 kilograms (121,900 lb)
Maximum speed 950 km/h (510 kn)
Range fully loaded 2,500 km (1,300 nmi; 1,600 mi) 5,280 km (2,850 nmi; 3,280 mi)
Range with max fuel 3,900 km (2,100 nmi; 2,400 mi) 6,600 km (3,600 nmi; 4,100 mi)
Service ceiling 12,100 metres (39,700 ft)
Engine (x 3) Kuznetsov NK-8-2U Soloviev D-30KU-154
Max. thrust (x 3) 90 kN (20,000 lbf) each[41] 103 kN (23,148 lbf) each[41]
Max. fuel capacity 47,000 litres (10,000 imp gal; 12,000 US gal) 49,700 litres (10,900 imp gal; 13,100 US gal)

In popular culture

  • Tu-154's interior and exterior as the most common airliner appeared in many Soviet and Russian films.
  • Air Crew is the 1979 action film revolving around the exploits of a Soviet Tu-154 crew on an international flight, the first Soviet film in the disaster genre.

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists



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  • Dmitriy Komissarov, Tupolev Tu-154, The USSR's Medium-Range Jet Airliner, (Hinckley, UK, 2007) ISBN 1857802411
  • 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

External links

  • Image of Tu-154 flight-deck
  • Chinese surveillance/ELINT version of TU-154M
  • BBC: Tu-154: The backbone of Russian fleets
  • magazinePlastikowe.plGallery of Polish VIP variant of Tu-154M used by 36. Special Transport Aviation Regiment in
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