NEWS IN SHORT

Slovakia commemorates crash victims

MILITARY and relatives went to Hejce, the Hungarian village near the Slovak-Hungarian border to commemorate the biggest accident in Slovak military history. The ceremony took place on January 19, the SITA newswire wrote.

MILITARY and relatives went to Hejce, the Hungarian village near the Slovak-Hungarian border to commemorate the biggest accident in Slovak military history. The ceremony took place on January 19, the SITA newswire wrote.

On January 19, 2006 the Slovak Air Force plane that was on its way from Pristina, Kosovo carrying Slovak peacekeepers and instructors who operated as part of the KFOR mission crashed only a few minutes before it was due to land in Košice. The accident claimed 42 lives and had only one survivor - Martin Farkaš.

Relatives, Slovak Defence Minister František Kašický, Hungarian representatives led by Deputy Minister of Defence Agnes Vadai, diplomats and locals attended the ceremony. They laid wreaths on the monument and lit candles.

In his address, Minister Kašický underscored that human life is incredibly precious and fragile, even though is difficult in many cases and unbearable at some moments. "The black Thursday on January 19, 2006 was such a moment for Slovakia. The airplane tragedy near Hejce shook really everybody," the minister said.

The main factor behind this tragedy was human error. During their landing approach, the crew did not use all available instruments, failed to maintain a safe altitude and crashed into the hill of Borsó.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Some schools open, so do some ski resorts

Top prosecutor to be appointed soon. Zsuzsová goes to prison in a murder case. Pezinok judges are busy deciding about custodies for high-profile suspects.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.

Health Ministry gearing up for COVID vaccines

Mass campaign planned to get people to take jab.

Illustrative stock photo