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Last Thursday, an An-24 plane of the Slovakian air force, on its way home from Kosovo with 43 people on board, crashed into a mountain en route to Košice (Slovakia's second largest city and Bratislava's Eastern 'counter-pole'; Hungarian: Kassa, German: Kaschau). There was one survivor.

The reason for the crash is a mystery. Technical errors have been closed out. Apparently the pilots flew by sight - in the evening. Further mystery is in conflicting accounts - the official version is that the plane veered off its flight path (along a valley between two mountain ranges) by 3 km, but some Hungarian airflight insiders claim that the plane flew along a different route, and flew 350 m under the minimum allowed flight height.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jan 25th, 2006 at 01:35:55 PM EST
Hopefully it won't be like Spain's Yakovlev-42 crash in 2003 in Turkey, but it sounds ominously like it. That was a cesspit of government prevarication that the PP still has not acknowledged.

Spain: military chiefs replaced over Yak-42 plane crash
Spain: Aznar rejects public inquiry into military plane crash
Turkey air crash kills Spanish troops
Spain drops Nato flight contract

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 25th, 2006 at 01:40:41 PM EST
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