Index – Abroad – The army plane was allowed to fly to Moscow, but why?

Index – Abroad – The army plane was allowed to fly to Moscow, but why?
Index – Abroad – The army plane was allowed to fly to Moscow, but why?

Data from online aircraft tracking websites (FlightRadar24, Flightaware) revealed that a Dassault Falcon 7X of the Hungarian Armed Forces, marked HUAF 653, traveled to Russia.

From the data published on the Flightaware website, it can be seen that the plane first took off at the Kecskemét air base at 10:45 on Sunday morning and landed at Liszt Ferenc Airport at 11:00. It is not known who boarded it there, but barely an hour later, at 11:57 a.m., the vehicle took off from Liszt Ferenc Airport,

and two hours later he landed in Moscow, at the Vnukovo airport, at 3:00 p.m. local time on Sunday.

On the print screens, it can also be seen that the plane arrived in Russia after passing through Slovakia, Poland, and finally Belarus, bypassing the areas affected by the war.

After that, the plane took off at Vnukovo airport more than a day later, on Monday evening, at 7:02 p.m. Moscow time, and – after a two-hour flight – landed again at Ferenc Liszt airport at 8:10 p.m. Hungarian time. The return journey can be seen on the print screen below (the plane was still on the road at the time):

The Hungarian Defense Forces (or other government body) did not provide official information about the trip until the publication of our article, so one can only speculate about who or whom the plane transported to the Russian capital and why. It should be noted, however, that in April of this year there was already a similar surprising trip, only then a Russian plane landed in Hungary.

In the past, this plane has also transported members of the government

Regarding the Dassault Falcon 7X type planes, we can know for sure that they are also used by members of the Hungarian government: for example, Péter Szijjártó must have flown with this type of plane at least once, and according to previous news, Viktor Orbán has also traveled with this type of plane a few times. So these machines (also) function as quasi-government machines, although on paper they are registered as military vehicles.

There was an example where the Parliament tried to request data on individual flights of Dassault Falcons, but it only turned out that this information was classified and therefore locked for at least thirty years. Despite everything, we also contacted the Ministry of National Defense and asked them if a plane really flew to Moscow, and if so, why, what was the purpose of the trip. If they answer our questions, we will report on it later.

(Cover photo: Dassault Falcon 7X transport aircraft of the Hungarian Armed Forces on August 20, 2021. Photo: Péter Komka / MTI)

The article is in Hungarian

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