Smugglers attempt to sneak helicopter out of Ukraine

23 December 2022, 09:20 PM
A helicopter was found on the border with Hungary (Photo:dpsu.gov.ua)

A helicopter was found on the border with Hungary (Photo:dpsu.gov.ua)

Ukrainian border guards and customs officers have intercepted an attempt to smuggle a Ka-26 helicopter across the Hungarian border, the State Border Guard Service said in a message on its website on Dec. 23.

The aircraft was transported in a truck with Ukrainian registration and was detained at a checkpoint in Tisza, Zakarpattia.

The unusual cargo prompted a thorough inspection of the entire vehicle, according to the message.

“During the inspection, the border patrol – together with an employee of the State Customs Service of Ukraine – discovered that the documents used to transport the helicopter contained false information regarding its manufacturer,” the report says.

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Ukraine’s Fiscal Service subsequently confirmed the discrepancies in the export permits, spurring customs officers to seize the helicopter. Ka-26 has an estimated value of at least $25,000.

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