Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air performed an unprecedentedly risky stunt. As a result of the war in Ukraine, several of its aircraft had to stay in the country unexpectedly. However, after several months, the crew of one of the planes managed to get off the ground with an empty Airbus A320. In order for the flyover to be successful, the pilots in the machine had to fly with the transponder switched off.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February, the airspace over Ukraine has been largely closed. It happened to several airlines that their machines were stuck in the war-torn country for many months.
They flew all the way to Poland
Among them was the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air, which in Ukraine left four planes hanging at the Kyiv Zhulyany airport. But with one, the crew managed to fly out of the country in a rather curious way after a few months.
The nine-year-old A320-232 aircraft managed to fly unnoticed from Lviv, Ukraine, to the Polish border and successfully landed at the airport in Katowice. The pilots were flying at an altitude of about 3,000 meters and had turned off the transponder, which allows the machine to be tracked in the sky. It was turned on only after the crew with the empty plane got beyond the Polish border.
The airline did not resume flights to Russia
“Wizz Air confirms that following an in-depth risk analysis and comprehensive preparations, the aircraft has left Lviv airport,” spoke to the British newspaper Business Insider about the situation on behalf of the company’s spokesperson. In Ukraine, the airline has three more machines.
The move to withdraw its planes from Ukraine comes just weeks after it faced a wave of criticism for discussing resuming flights to Russia. After a few days, the company’s plans fell through.
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