About 6 months ago I first discovered and started reading up about the MalÚv 240 disaster, a Tu-154(HA-LCI) that crashed under mysterious circumstances outside of Beirut in 1975. Most of the information that I've been able to find has however been in Hungarian, for obvious reasons, which has posed some problems as I don't speak that language. And Google Translate, well...
But from what I've been able to gather, there were a lot of strange things going on. Feel free to skip to the bottom of the post if you don't want to read the whole thing.
For one thing it's been claimed that it was impossible to book tickets on the flight several days in advance, despite the flight being less than half full when it took off. Why? Well, some people claim it was because of an unusually large volume of cargo onboard, some even claiming bombs and other weapons were being smuggled onboard. Some claim that it was because a large Palestinian delegation had something to do with it. There's a lot of speculation going on.
Secondly, the flight was apparently not parked at a gate as it usually was, but rather at a remote stand, either by a maintenance hangar or on the cargo apron. Sources differ on that.
Thirdly, there are reports of at least one blackout or power failure during the time the flight was loading. Why? A lot of theories exist, some pointing to this mysterious extra cargo being loaded or the alleged Palestinian delegation boarding while the lights were out.
After that the flight seems to have gone on as normal up until it hit the water. How and why it hit the water is another hot topic. The official story says it was a Controlled Flight Into Terrain. Some eyewitnesses have however claimed to see or hear an explosion. Some claim it was a bomb, others a missile(or two according to an RAF crew). Some claim the Lebanese were behind it, others point to the Palestinians, others the Israelis, and some to the Americans.
Did a rescue operation take place? Was anything salvaged? Well, not officially, as it was a warzone at the time. However, there is photographic evidence showing some parts of the wreckage and at least one body being recovered, though some claim as many as fifteen
bodies were recovered.
The final report, after a less than two week long investigation, has so far not been made public, and remains top secret supposedly for reasons not actually connected to the disaster.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one asking myself "what the f*** is going on here...?"
Ever since I first started reading about this I have been looking for a documentary or two with English subtitles or narration, but I have found none. Does anyone here possibly know of any?
(Interesting side note, there was actually a movie made on the subject, titled HA-LCI
, but this has not been released to the public due to pressure from the Hungarian government. Something smells fishy.)