Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Victims of the 2006 plane crash remembered

SLOVAK President Andrej Kiska, Slovak and Hungarian soldiers, rescuers and relatives commemorated the biggest air disaster in the modern history of Slovakia which occurred near the Hungarian village Hejce, close to the border with Slovakia. It claimed the lives of 42 people, including those of soldiers, plane crew and employees of the Defence Ministry.

SLOVAK President Andrej Kiska, Slovak and Hungarian soldiers, rescuers and relatives commemorated the biggest air disaster in the modern history of Slovakia which occurred near the Hungarian village Hejce, close to the border with Slovakia. It claimed the lives of 42 people, including those of soldiers, plane crew and employees of the Defence Ministry.

“Let’s not forget,” Kiska said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “It is the biggest tragedy in the history of our army. We came to pay tribute to people who were a credit to our country; it is now our duty to be a credit to their memory.”

The president also stressed that the soldiers helped to secure peace and freedom.

“It is something a person will remember forever and even after nine years the memories are painful,” Martin Farkaš, the only one who survived the crash, told SITA. “It is a big loss for me; we were working and living together during the mission in Kosovo where it was not easy.”

Farkaš also said that though he has not forgotten about the tragedy, he recovered and stayed in the army. He even participated in a mission in Afghanistan. Currently he is responsible for budgets for foreign operations, SITA wrote.

Slovak Defence Minister Martin Glváč promised during his speech to prevent any similar accidents in the future.

The AN-26 aircraft which carried Slovak soldiers from Kosovo as part of a regular troop rotation crashed on January 19, 2006 near the Hungarian village Hejce, close to the border with Slovakia. It was about to land, but hit the tops of the trees on the Borsó hill and crashed. Investigators ascribed the accident to pilot error, SITA wrote.

The plane crash on Borsó hill is remembered by a memorial plaque placed on the rocks, as well as 42 wooden columns with the names of the victims situated on the site of the tragedy. There is also a memorial in the Hejce village.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Marian Kočner and Pavol Rusko released

Kočner and Rusko will not be held in custody while they are under prosecution for forging promissory notes to the private TV channel Markíza.

Pavol Rusko (front) and Marián Kočner

Long breakaway gives Slovak championship to Sagan, surprising everyone Video

Even former cycling legend and sports commentator Jan Svorada was shocked by the breakaway which secured Sagan's sixth victory in the Slovak championship.

Peter Sagan wins the Czech y Slovak Championship, June 24, 2018

Threats, scandals, and dubious political ties. Who is Marian Kočner?

The businessman with many ties to politicians has been detained by police.

Marian Kočner

Blog: Human Capital in Slovakia: Preparing for the next industrial revolution

A closer cooperation between business and academia is of key importance if Slovakia is to strive in the ongoing industrial revolution.

In centres of excellence, a group of skilled workers is using brand new technologies.