HEJCE, Hungary – A Slovak military plane carrying troops back from Kosovo crashed in a mountainous region of northeastern Hungary on Thursday, killing 44 people, officials said. Only one person survived after the AN-24 aircraft went down near the Slovak border, said National Police spokesman Laszlo Garamvolgyi. Garamvolgyi said the flight was carrying 38 passengers and seven crew members from Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, to the Slovak city of Kosice when it crashed. A NATO officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said in Kosovo that the plane was carrying Slovakian soldiers back home after serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping force. Officials say Slovak troops help patrol the boundary between Kosovo and Serbia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Gergely Abraham, a spokesman for the Economic and Transport Ministry, said the area where the crash occurred about 155 miles northeast of Budapest was not heavily populated, but did not provide other details. Hungarian rescuers and fire crews were at the crash site, Hungarian Interior Ministry spokesman Sandor Orodan said. The Czech news agency CTK reported Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda had called a late-night meeting with Cabinet ministers. The agency also said the Slovak army sent a helicopter to the crash site, but that it was unable to land because of bad weather. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!