Hungarian Lands Glider In Neighboring Romania 'By Mistake'
Jun. 06, 1988
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ A Hungarian pilot strayed into Romanian airspace after making a navigational error and landed 7.5 miles inside Romania, the offical MTI news agency said Monday.
Ferenc Steinbinder landed his glider near the town of Salonta on Saturday, the report said. It described him as a member of an aviation club of the Hungarian army but did not say if he was a member of the armed forces.
The report did not give further details but it made clear the pilot was still in Romania.
''The competent (Hungarian) bodies have taken measures to bring the pilot and the glider home,'' MTI said, without providing specifics.
Despite their Warsaw Pact membership and allegiance to communist doctrine, Hungary and Romania have been deeply split over ethnic and historical issues involving the central Romanian province of Transylvania.
About 1.7 million ethnic Hungarians live in the province.
Budapest charges that Romania is discriminating against ethnic Hungarians. Budapest denies the allegation and accuses Romania of meddling in its affairs.