War in Ukraine: Wizz Air flew Airbus to Poland!

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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The United States sees no reason to adjust its nuclear posture, the White House said today. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently warned the West that he was not bluffing when he said he was ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. This is reported by the Reuters agency.

“Of course we take these threats very seriously. However, we have seen no reason at this time to adjust our own nuclear posture.” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.

Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II, backed a plan to annex large swathes of Ukraine and threatened that Moscow was ready to use all available means to defend its territories.

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Today, a 14-kilometer-long queue formed at the Verhnij Lars border crossing point on the Russian-Georgian border. 1,715 cars left Russia.

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Today, the group of developed countries G7, through the spokesman of the German government, condemned the referendums held in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. According to the G7, Moscow is trying to create a “false pretext” for changing the status of sovereign Ukrainian territories, Reuters wrote.

“We will never recognize these referendums, which appear to be a step towards Russian annexation. Likewise, we will never recognize Russian annexation if it happens.” says the G7 statement.

So-called referendums began today in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) in eastern Ukraine, which have been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Plebiscites are also being held in those parts of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye and Kherson regions that are occupied by the Russian army.

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Wizz Air company plane.


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