A drone that flew undetected for 350 miles over multiple NATO countries crashes in Croatia
A drone that flew from the Ukrainian war zone through 350 miles over several NATO countries has crashed in Zagreb, Croatia. According to a report from AP, the drone crashed overnight on the outskirts of the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The explosion triggered a loud blast damaging parked cars but causing no injuries, Croatian authorities said Friday.
In a statement on Friday, the National Security Council of Croatia said the drone entered Croatian airspace from Hungary at a speed of 430 mph and an altitude of 4,300 feet before crashing into Croatia’s capital city. The drone exploded on impact, leaving a large crater and damaging parked cars, but no one was injured, Croatian authorities say.
A NATO official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the alliance’s “integrated air and missile defense tracked the flight path of an object which subsequently crashed in Zagreb.” Earlier, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic had expressed concern at how “how a relatively unsophisticated drone flew for over an hour over NATO countries without being detected.”
“No one was hurt, and that is good fortune,” said Zagreb’s Mayor Tomislav Tomasevic, according to the Associated Press. “It is a relatively big object. … It is amazing that no one was hurt.”
Nexta, the largest Eastern European media, also reported that “The mayor of the #Croatian capital said there is no indication that it was an intentional act. The circumstances are being investigated.”
Video of the crash site of an unknown object in #Zagreb.
The mayor of the #Croatian capital said there is no indication that it was an intentional act.
The circumstances are being investigated. pic.twitter.com/VpMCDdRDR4
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 11, 2022
Milanovic said “it is clear” it came from Ukraine. A statement issued by Croatia’s government said the “pilotless military aircraft” entered Croatian airspace from neighboring Hungary at a speed of 700 kph (430 mph) and an altitude of 1,300 meters (4,300 feet).
“According to the information I have so far, this flying object was Russian-manufactured, we are not sure whether it belongs to the Russian or Ukrainian army,” Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said. “(It) arrived in Croatia from the direction of Hungary, and according to (Hungarian) Prime Minister Orban, it arrived to Hungary from the direction of Romania.”