|The Tu-154 is a low-wing, trijet airliner|
|First flight||4 October 1968|
|Introduction||7 February 1972 with |
|Status||In limited service|
The Tupolev Tu-154 (
With a cruising speed of 850 kilometres per hour (530 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
In January 2010 Russian
Since 1968 there have been 39 fatal incidents involving the Tu-154, most of which were caused either by factors unrelated to the aircraft, incorrect maintenance, or by its extensive use in demanding conditions. Also, few of the Tu-154 accidents appear to have involved technical failure.
The Tu-154 was developed to meet Aeroflot's requirement to replace the
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.