Of the (rather numerous) accidents involving the Tu-104, several were either caused or aggravated by major electrical failures, which disabled the aircraft's navballs, which caused the pilots to become spatially disoriented, which caused (or contributed to) a loss of control, which caused the aircraft to crash:

What made the Tu-104 so prone to these catastrophic electrical failures?

1: With 122 fatalities, this is still the worst Tu-104 crash to date.

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    $\begingroup$ Seeing the inherent unreliability, very poor handling characteristics, and tendency to enter an irrecoverable stall without warning, is it any surprise there were electrical problems? $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:38
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    $\begingroup$ The hull loss rate does not seem awfully different from other aircraft of the era like the Comet and the 707. Of course that's both a different question and something based on data unadjusted for hostile action or issues unrelated to the type, but be wary of seeing trends in what is essentially noise. $\endgroup$ Oct 14, 2019 at 7:54


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