New use found for Bulgarian dictator's plane

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New use found for Bulgarian dictator's plane

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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.