Plane crashes near Umm al-Quwain Highway; The owner is a notorious arms dealer

Plane crashes near Umm al-Quwain Highway; The owner is a notorious arms dealer
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Russian plane crashes in Dubai near Barakuda beach resort, near Umm al-Quwain airport. Experts believe it will take ten to twelve weeks to dismantle this 153-foot-long Illusion IL76 aircraft. The sight of this giant bird flitting its wings across the desert was a stunning sight for visitors to Umm al-Quwain. This view will soon be a distant memory in three months. Since 1959, the Soviet Union has used IL76 as a fighter plane. The aircraft joined the Russian Air Force after the Soviet Union collapsed.

It was eventually decommissioned in the 1990s and sold to Air Cess. They had previously operated Sharjah services. Victor Boot, a notorious arms dealer, owned it. After allegations that Victor Boot was using the planes to smuggle weapons, Victor was barred from entering the UAE for 2,000.

In 2008, he was arrested in the United States and sentenced to 25-years imprisonment. He also sold the plane to an American advertising company. A pilot who was an expert tried to remove the plane, but he could only land close to the highway. It was 21,000. The plane was an incredible sight for the next 20 years. There is no information available about the company that is selling and demolishing the plane.

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