MiG-29UB detained in Hong-Kong was heading for US
05 Apr 2006
On April 4th customs officials at Kwai Chung container terminal in Hong Kong revealed that they have foiled an attempt to smuggle an armament and engines-less MiG-29UB (Fulcrum-B) two-seat fighter through the territory.
According to Government-run radio station RTHK, customs officials confirmed the interception of military plane but declined to officially reveal more details about the type of the aircraft or to reveal where the jet had been shipped from or which country was its intended final destination.
More information on the origin and the final destination of the military plane became available when Ukrainian weapons trading company revealed that the detained MiG-29UB (Blue 64) was sold by Ukraine to the United States in 2005 as a museum exhibit. This information was supplemented by Russian news agency Itar-Tass report that says that the aircraft was detained on April 2nd because the cargo had no transit permission and the purpose of its delivery to the USA was not stated either.
Report by Igor Bozinovski