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`AIR HOOLIGANS’ FAIL TO LAND IN MOSCOW’S RED SQUARE

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A Danish balloonist and a Soviet student tried to land in Moscow's Red Square this week but were blown off course by strong winds, the Communist Party daily Pravda said Saturday.

The two, described by the newspaper as "air hooligans," touched down near the ring road on the outskirts of Moscow Wednesday, but only after forcing traffic-controllers to alert the pilot of a passing Tupolev passenger jet.Pravda said the two, whose exploits recalled those of West German teenage pilot Mathias Rust, took off from Moscow's Gorky Park. "They wanted to demonstrate what they called their "peace-loving aspirations' by flying over the Kremlin and landing in Red Square, but the wind interfered," it added.

The newspaper did not make clear the fate of the two balloonists, or reveal any more details about them.