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Mon, May 15, 2006

Two Killed In Accident At Hungarian Model Aircraft Show

Plane Goes Into Crowd

A married couple attending an international model aircraft demonstration in southern Hungary Saturday were killed when one of the planes, a model Pitts biplane, suddenly crashed into the crowd.

Local news agency MTI reports the two were watching the show in Ocseny, a town about 90 miles south of the capital of Budapest. Emergency officials told MTI the couple was from the nearby city of Szekszard. Four others injured in the accident were taken to a hospital there.

It was the first time anyone in Hungary had been killed at a model airplane show, one of the show's organizers stated.

Chairman of the Hungarian Modelling Federation Andor Harmath told MTI he assumed the aircraft -- which was being controlled by who MTI described as an "experienced German operator," according to the Associated Press -- experienced interference in the signal between its controller and the receiver on the plane.

FMI: www.modelaircraft.org

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