Balázs, in the Budapest Sun, wrote, "Six US
helicopters and a refuelling plane violated the sovereignty of
Hungary when using the country’s airspace, Defense Minister
Ferenc Juhász announced at an extraordinary session of the
Parliamentary Defense Committee last Saturday."
Hungary was miffed at the February 20 incident, ostensibly
attached to Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and not
having to do with Iraq's pending invasion. That means, to the US,
that the operations were authorized by the UN, and should thus be
approved by Hungary.
Bad weather closed in on the aircraft, and they had to land at
the public Ferihegy airport in Budapest, instead of stopping at
Hungary’s Taszár military base, the planned original
end point. Civilians apparently wanted to know what was going
There was, by all accounts, a breakdown in communications,
exacerbated by the civilian exposure to the US military craft; the
US expressed regret for the missed communications. Hungary says the
matter is closed.