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New use found for Bulgarian dictator's plane


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New use found for Bulgarian dictator's plane

The plane used by Bulgaria’s former communist dictator, Todor Zhivkov, has been sunk in the waters of the Black Sea.

Authorities say the craft – now 23 meters under the surface – will become an artificial reef and refuge for many sea species and they hope it will become a popular tourist attraction and practice diving ground.

The TU-154 – which is 11 metres tall and 48 metres long – was manufactured in 1971 and made its last flight on September 16, 1999, between the capital Sofia and Varna .

A trawler “Pioneer,” also used by Zhivkov, was sunk for the same reason in the summer of 2008 near the town of Sozopol on Bulgaria ‘s southern Black Sea Coast.

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