Crash of Malév Flight 240

In the early hours of 30 September 1975 a Malev passenger plane crashed into the Mediterranean, minutes before landing at Beirut airport.

On board were 50 passengers and 10 crewmembers. None survived.

The European relatives of the victims (including the Hungarian) were told that nothing or no one was found.

Only years later they found out that 37 bodies were recovered and that 20 of these bodies had been identified. Most of the identified were Lebanese. The other remains of 17 unidentified persons went into a mass grave within days.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The weather was fine, the plane was new and in a good condition, the crew was highly experienced. An official investigation was held, but was very brief. The ICAO organisation officially had a 1 page ADREP Report, which does not mention the retrieval of the bodies. In the statistics the cause remains undetermined.

Flight 240, was a Tupolev Tu-154 tri-motor jetliner of Malév Hungarian Airlines, which was flying on the Budapest to Beirut regular route when it was shot down near the Lebanese shoreline on 30 September 1975. There was a crew of ten Hungarians and fifty passengers on board, some of them from Scandinavia with only a single Hungarian traveler, there were also Palestinians, Lebanese, French, an Egyptian, a Saudi and a Dutchman traveling. There were no survivors as the wrecks fell into open waters on a dark night.

Malév Flight 240, was a Tupolev Tu-154 tri-motor jetliner of Malév Hungarian Airlines, which was flying on the Budapest to Beirut regular route when it crashed near the Lebanese shoreline on 30 September 1975. All 50 passengers and 10 crew on board died. No official statement was ever made on the crash and its cause has never been publicly revealed.

In recent years, rumors persist that the plane was shot down, either because it carried arms to some Arab group, or because it was supposed to carry the members of a PLO delegation (but in the end did not). Possible attackers include Israel or Syria. For example, in March 2010, leading Hungarian journalist Zsolt Bayer claimed in his program in the Echo TV channel, that Israel (the Jews, as he said) shot down the plane, which carried 270 Hungarian citizens. No evidence supporting any theory have been uncovered.