In the crash of the military special An-24 on the hill Borsó near the Hungarian village Hejce on January 19, 2006, 42 Slovak soldiers died. The military special was driving Slovak soldiers from Kosovo after returning from the KFOR mission. The declassified message says a pilot error.
“The expert investigation showed that the AN-24 aircraft accident… occurred… probably after a mistake in the piloting technique during the approach to landing at Košice Airport,” writes the Chief of the General State of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic in the conclusions of the accident investigation.
“I probably agree with the conclusion from the expert investigation of the air accident, which occurred on January 19, 2006 at 19.37 CET z due to the fault of a human factor,” adds the state secretary of the ministry.
The current Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď (OĽaNO) agreed this week to declassify the report on the investigation into the plane crash on 19 January 2006. At that time, 35 soldiers and 8 crew members were returning from the KFOR mission in Pristina. Only one soldier survived the accident – Martin Farkaš.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred approximately 4 km north-east of the village of Hejce on Borsó Hill in Hungary.
According to the report, the plane caught during the straight flight about the vegetation in front of the top of the hill. It flew without tilt and probably horizontally with a slight descent.
The wreckage was located in a forest area on an area of approximately 200 × 400 meters.
The plane was broken into several parts and was destroyed by fire. The cockpit was shattered into several small parts, much of it burned. The passenger cabin was destroyed by fire.
Victims, luggage, personal belongings and other equipment of the aircraft were scattered on an area of 30 × 40 meters and destroyed.
On the website of the Ministry of Defense (MO) of the Slovak Republic, a declassified Report on the Investigation of the An-24 Military Aircraft Accident is available in the section on the Ministry. The spokeswoman for the resort, Martina Kovaľ Kakaščíková, informed about it.
She pointed out that the extent of the published material on the accident of the military special near Hejce, Hungary, is affected by the omission of sensitive information in accordance with the protection of personal data, as well as photographs of victims and medical reports.
The decision to declassify the file on the greatest air tragedy in the history of Slovakia was announced by the Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď (OĽANO) on Wednesday, July 29. After 14 years, as the first minister, he complied with the requests of a civic association and entities that had fought for declassification for years.
In the crash of the military special An-24 on the hill Borsó near the Hungarian village Hejce on January 19, 2006, 42 Slovak soldiers died. The military special was driving Slovak soldiers from Kosovo after returning from the KFOR mission.
Every year, the Ministry of Defense commemorates the victims of the tragedy on the anniversary of the disaster with a reverential act at the crash site, where a symbolic 42 oak pillars are placed as a memorial to the deceased soldiers. Every year, the memory is realized at the monument in the middle of the village Hejce.
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