After a short delay, crowds were welcomed to the sight of the A300 Airbus as it was floated towards its final resting place.
Nearly 2 months after the dismantling process started in Istanbul the Airbus was floated along the coast from neighbouring Guzelcamli, and if you lived or were holidaying in this area you could not have failed to miss this amazing sight. Indeed, I took the above photograph from my roof terrace.
The sinking of the plane is aimed at promoting artificial reef diving, which is hugely popular with experienced divers. Once sunk, the plane acts like a reef, becoming a magnet for underwater flora and fauna.
Aydin’s mayor, Ozlem Cercioglu, said: “Our goal is to make Kusadası a centre of diving tourism. Our goal is to protect the underwater life. And with these goals in mind, we have witnessed one of the biggest wrecks in the world.”
This is not the first time that Turkey has sank an aircraft in order to promote diving tourism, it is however the largest aircraft to be sent to the bottom of the sea.
Source: Ege Eye