Nehézségi fok: KÖZEPES
The vintage biplane landed on frosty farmland in the village of Kallosemjen, about 70 km from the Hungary-Ukraine border, and was found without crew and passengers. Using thermal-imaging equipment and sniffer dogs, police soon discovered eight Vietnamese and three Afghans who had been on-board. Police started to chase the pilot of the Ukrainian registered AN-2 straight away, but traces were lost. The whereabouts of whoever flew the plane is still a mystery, however, as is where it began its journey and the route it took.
The daring bid to enter the EU from the skies was foiled by an off-duty policeman who heard the aeroplane, dubbed a ‘tank or tractor with wings’ because of its appearance, passes above his house on Monday and raised the alarm. Officers rushed to the scene and found the plane, which had set off from neighbouring Ukraine, abandoned in a snow-topped field in the dead of night. A human smuggling probe has been launched for the passengers of the ageing plane.
Ukrainian officials said the plane is registered to an owner in Avdiivka, a war-scarred industrial city on the frontline of fighting between government forces and Russian-led separatists, some 1,400 km east of the Hungarian frontier.
The old school designed plane entered service in 1947 and is valued for its strength and versatility. This is believed to be the first time such a plane has been used to smuggle migrants into Hungary. The light aircraft is a Soviet mass-produced single-engine biplane utility and agricultural aircraft designed and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau beginning in 1946. Its remarkable durability, high lifting power, and ability to take off and land from poor runways have given it long service life. The AN-2 was produced till 2001 and remains still in service with military and civilian operators around the world.
After the incident, the aircraft was partly dismantled on-site and transported to further investigation. The truncated fuselage with its tail fin and wings left separated behind, can currently be seen on a remote parking stand at Nyíregyháza Airport as a sad messenger of what happened.
Known for its dependability, the AN-2 was used by North Korea during the Korean War and by North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War as a Navy interceptor. Croatian forces also used the planes during the Croatian War of Independence. North Korea still has about 300 of the planes and in recent years has used them during for commando drills amid heightened tensions with South Korea and the US.
BIPLANE KÉTFEDELŰ REPÜLŐGÉP
SNIFFER DOG KERESŐKUTYA
DARING BID MERÉSZ KÍSÉRLET
HUMAN SMUGGLING PROBE EMBERCSEMPÉSZETI NYOMOZÁS
REGISTERED LAJSTROMBA VÉVE
WAR-SCARRED HÁBORÚ SÚJTOTTA
OLD SCHOOL RÉGIMÓDI
LIFTING POWER EMELŐERŐ
TAIL FIN FÜGGŐLEGES VEZÉRSÍK
COMMANDO DRILL KOMMANDÓS GYAKORLAT
HEIGHTENED TENSION FOKOZOTT FESZÜLTSÉG