First divers explore scuttled plane off Turkish coast

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS -

People took their first dives on Saturday to a passenger plane lowered into the sea a day earlier in northweste­rn Turkey to boost scuba diving tourism. The divers took footage of the sunk plane, which has a length of 65 meters and wing span of 60 meters. “The plane will provide a great benefit to both nature and divers,” Ozkan Arsu, Turkish Underwater Sports Federation representa­tive of Edirne, told Anadolu Agency. Arsu added this has created an alternativ­e area for divers and diving tourism. On Friday, the Airbus A330 passenger plane was scuttled a mile away off the Ibrice Port in Edirne province. The aircraft was placed some 30 meters (98.4 feet) below the sea surface. The airplane, which made its first flight in 1995 and was retired last year, was brought to Kesan district of Edirne from the Mediterran­ean resort city of Antalya in March. Various objects, and figures representi­ng the Canakkale War were also sunk in the gulf as part of the artificial reef project.

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