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Passenger plane submerged to serve as artificial diving site in Aqaba

Jordan, Aqaba
August 26, 2019 at 17:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

A genuine former passenger plane was deliberately sunk at a sea bottom near the Jordanian resort of Aqaba on Monday, which will be used to create an artificial diving site as part of the authorities' eco tourism plan for the area.

"Today, this work will result in the sinking of the aircraft in order to give a new and successful experience to divers in Aqaba and bring divers from all over the world, in addition to this aircraft will be a marine dock and development of the marine environment for the growth of coral and all kinds of fish in the Gulf of Aqaba," said Nayef Al-Bakhit, Chairman of Aqaba Special Economic Authority.

In July, armed forces and local government had spent seven days sinking the decommissioned vehicles including a combat helicopter, tanks, a personnel carrier, anti-aircraft guns and an ambulance.

They were submerged at depths of nearly 30 metres to create the site integrated with the existing coral reef. The Underwater Military Museum Dive Site is now open to divers for, as the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority said, 'new type' of museum experience.

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A genuine former passenger plane was deliberately sunk at a sea bottom near the Jordanian resort of Aqaba on Monday, which will be used to create an artificial diving site as part of the authorities' eco tourism plan for the area.

"Today, this work will result in the sinking of the aircraft in order to give a new and successful experience to divers in Aqaba and bring divers from all over the world, in addition to this aircraft will be a marine dock and development of the marine environment for the growth of coral and all kinds of fish in the Gulf of Aqaba," said Nayef Al-Bakhit, Chairman of Aqaba Special Economic Authority.

In July, armed forces and local government had spent seven days sinking the decommissioned vehicles including a combat helicopter, tanks, a personnel carrier, anti-aircraft guns and an ambulance.

They were submerged at depths of nearly 30 metres to create the site integrated with the existing coral reef. The Underwater Military Museum Dive Site is now open to divers for, as the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority said, 'new type' of museum experience.

W/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S Divers next to plane

W/S Spectators on the port

M/S Tugboat

W/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S People on a small vessel

M/S Man with vest and helmet getting inside plane

W/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S People in small vessel next to plane

M/S Jordanian flag on the side of the plane

W/S Vessel and plane

M/S Vessel and plane

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

W/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

C/U Nayef Al-Bakhit, Chairman of Aqaba Special Economic Authority, observing submersion

C/U Al-Bakhit observing submersion

W/S Tugboats

SOT, Nayef Al-Bakhit, Chairman of Aqaba Special Economic Authority (Arabic): "Today, this work will result in the sinking of the aircraft in order to give a new and successful experience to divers in Aqaba and bring divers from all over the world. In addition to this aircraft will be a marine dock and development of the marine environment for the growth of coral and all kinds of fish in the Gulf of Aqaba."

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

M/S A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane being submerged

SOT, Sharhabeel Madi, Tourism and Economic Affairs Commissioner in Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (Arabic): "The new item added to the city of Aqaba, is a quality addition to the Gulf of Aqaba, now the product has become integrated. There is a military plane, a civilian plane and a military museum, there are heights for these products and sites, will allow all divers, regardless of the level of diving, whether initial or high, will revive marine life."

W/S Tugboat at the spot where the A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar passenger plane was submerged

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