Croatian Defense Minister Mario Banozic reported alarming news about the drone that crashed in Zagreb on Sunday afternoon in a press conference. The flying object was not, as initially assumed, a reconnaissance drone. Rather, there was an aerial bomb there, as Banozic now confirms.
The investigation has entered its final phase, the minister said. “At the beginning of the investigation we encountered explosive elements”, so extra care should have been taken. “A black box was found, from which we expect to extract the flight data based on the radar reflection,” says Banozic.
“The traces of explosives indicate that it is not a reconnaissance aircraft. We found parts of an air bomb used on Soviet planes.” Such obsolete “TU-141” devices are used by both the Ukrainian and Russian armies – eXXpress reported.
The area around the collapse of the drone is safe. “There are no more explosive devices”. The bomb was gone, it had previously exploded, but it is not yet known when. There is also the question of which side the drone came from – whether from the Russian or the Ukrainian. “There are elements that could come from either side.”
During its 47-minute flight to Zagreb, the drone was spotted in the air for one minute in Hungary and three minutes in Croatia, eXXpress learned. Accordingly, the drone should have started west of Kyiv.
The incident alarming for NATO. After all, the drone could easily cross the airspace of two NATO countries at night. Everything points to a total failure of air traffic control.
Austria’s air force is now also increasing operational readiness, as the eXXpress reported. One problem: military aircraft usually have sensors for night operations so that they don’t have to fly to the intruding aircraft to identify it. The Eurofighters lack such sensors.