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Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Malev breakdowns cause concern

Reports from Hungary say the country's intelligence services are investigating whether sabotage is behind a series of recent faults in passenger aircraft of the state airline, Malev.

The Hungarian daily newspaper, Nepszava, says the problems have caused several delays to passenger services of the airline, which is due for partial privatisation later this month.

On Tuesday, the Hungarian foreign minister, Janos Martonyi, had to take a Polish LOT Airlines flight after two Malev flights developed faults.

The newspaper reports that since mid-July, hardly a day has passed without a Malev plane breaking down.

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