: Daily Sabah: Airbus A300 sunk off Turkey's coast to boost diving tourism

12:00 Jun. 5, 2016

Daily Sabah: Airbus A300 sunk off Turkey's coast to boost diving tourism

Photo courtesy - @DailySabah, Twitter

It is not the first plane to be submerged for underwater tourism in Turkey

An Airbus A300 was sunk in the Aegean Sea off the coast of the southwestern resort town Kuşadası to serve as an artificial reef and attract tourists as part of a municipal project.

The airplane was brought on Saturday to the Güzelçamlı neighborhood of the town on five trucking rigs nearly two months after the dismantling process started in Istanbul on April 7.

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The plane, which is reportedly the biggest plane ever used as a reef, cost 270,000 Turkish Lira, is 54 meters long and 44 meters wide.

Parts of the plane were slated to be sunk with lifting cranes, while heavy construction equipment was used to maintain control during the process. Floating balloons were tied to parts of the plane while the whole body was brought down 20 to 25 meters with the help of divers, a process which took about 2.5 hours. Full story 

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