Istanbul, June 7: Turkish authorities recently sank an Airbus jumbo jet off the Aegean coast to give a boost to the country's tourism by attracting more divers.
An Airbus A300 was lowered in water from the south-western resort town of Kusadasi, located 50 miles south of Izmir, a popular tourist town in western Turkey.
The aircraft worth 64,000 pounds had been broken up in Istanbul two months ago before being sent to the location in Aydin province. The plane, measuring 177 feet in length and 144-feet in wingspan, will attract underwater flora and fauna.
It was bought by the Aydin civic authorities from a private aviation company.
Aydin mayor Özlem Çerçioğlu said she hoped the project would help in developing underwater tourism in the area. She said the authorities were expecting 2,50,000 domestic and foreign tourists a year to arrive to the location for diving.