Bulgaria to Sink Former Communist Dictator Plane in Black Sea
The plane used by Bulgaria's former communist dictator, Todor Zhivkov, will be sunk in the waters of the Black Sea by the end of next week.
The news was announced Thursday by one of the individuals behind the idea - Orlin Tsanev, a photo reporter and Chair of the Divers' Union "Black Sea Dive Odessos."
A special platform began moving the 40-ton TU-154 airplane, without its wings, towards the Varna Lake to be transported by a barge to the shipyard where the body of the craft will be cleaned and all systems and cables removed. It will be then ready for sinking in the Varna Bay, 22 meters deep and about 500 meters way from the Galata Cape, south of the "Golden Sands" beach resort.
The location has been approved by Bulgarian authorities, according to Tsonev.
With time, the 11-meter tall and 48-meter long plane will become an artificial reef and refuge for many sea species. Its remains will turn both into tourist attraction and practice diving ground. The access to the plane will be free of charge.
The former trawler "Pioneer," also used by Zhivkov, was sunk with the same purpose in the summer of 2008 near the town of Sozopol on Bulgaria's southern Black Sea Coast.
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