Part of 1974 Noratlas fuselage and cockpit found
Excavations at the Makedonitissa military cemetery in Nicosia have uncovered part of the fuselage and the cockpit of Noratlas, the Greek military transport plane that was shot down by friendly fire during the 1974 Turkish invasion, according to Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues Photis Photiou.
Photiou said this was a positive development, noting that work would continue until the whole fuselage was found, and the scientists and archaeologists would then proceed with the last part of the second phase, which is to discover any possible remains of the Greek airmen who were on board Noratlas.
“The work is being carried out very carefully. The ground is being scanned every 30cm and I hope that after the fuselage is found, we will also discover the remains and return them to the relatives, so that they are properly buried”, he said. Photiou said that the search was a slow process because there may have been explosives on board, and that National Guard experts were present at all times.