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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

MiG 21 LanceR fighter crashes in Romania, pilot survives

A MiG 21 LanceR fighter crashed in an uninhabited area in Mures county, in central Romania, during a training flight on April 20.

The pilot, Lieutenant-Commander Andrei Criste, survived the crash after he managed to eject safely, the Ministry of Defense (MApN) announced. A helicopter transported him to the Emergency County Hospital in Targu Mures, where a medical team authorized his transfer to the Military Emergency University Hospital in Bucharest. Officials said he is in stable condition.

The MiG 21 LanceR took off at around 14:00 on April 20, from the airbase in Campia Turzii, to perform a training flight together with two other aircraft of the same type. During the mission, the pilot reported an emergency situation and managed to eject from the plane just before it crashed in the area of Dedrad, a locality in Mures county. The other two aircraft returned to base safely, around 15:00.

The case is being investigated by the Military Prosecutor's Office, and the circumstances of the crash will be investigated by a commission appointed by the Chief of the Defense Staff, MApN said.

The Romanian Air Forces were first equipped with a MiG 21 plane in 1962, according to Digi24. In 1992 the Romanian Air Forces started a modernization program for the MiG 21 aircraft to ensure interoperability with NATO and increase the planes' capacity to execute missions at modern air battle standards.

MiG 21 aircraft have been involved in several similar incidents in the past. For example, in the summer of 2018, a MiG-21 LanceR crashed during an airshow in southern Romania, and the pilot died to save the crowd. A year before, a similar fighter jet crashed in Constanta county, and the pilot managed to eject safely.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Facebook/Fortele Aeriene Romane; photo by Bogdan Pantilimon, Statul Major al Fortelor Aeriene)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

MiG 21 LanceR fighter crashes in Romania, pilot survives

A MiG 21 LanceR fighter crashed in an uninhabited area in Mures county, in central Romania, during a training flight on April 20.

The pilot, Lieutenant-Commander Andrei Criste, survived the crash after he managed to eject safely, the Ministry of Defense (MApN) announced. A helicopter transported him to the Emergency County Hospital in Targu Mures, where a medical team authorized his transfer to the Military Emergency University Hospital in Bucharest. Officials said he is in stable condition.

The MiG 21 LanceR took off at around 14:00 on April 20, from the airbase in Campia Turzii, to perform a training flight together with two other aircraft of the same type. During the mission, the pilot reported an emergency situation and managed to eject from the plane just before it crashed in the area of Dedrad, a locality in Mures county. The other two aircraft returned to base safely, around 15:00.

The case is being investigated by the Military Prosecutor's Office, and the circumstances of the crash will be investigated by a commission appointed by the Chief of the Defense Staff, MApN said.

The Romanian Air Forces were first equipped with a MiG 21 plane in 1962, according to Digi24. In 1992 the Romanian Air Forces started a modernization program for the MiG 21 aircraft to ensure interoperability with NATO and increase the planes' capacity to execute missions at modern air battle standards.

MiG 21 aircraft have been involved in several similar incidents in the past. For example, in the summer of 2018, a MiG-21 LanceR crashed during an airshow in southern Romania, and the pilot died to save the crowd. A year before, a similar fighter jet crashed in Constanta county, and the pilot managed to eject safely.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Facebook/Fortele Aeriene Romane; photo by Bogdan Pantilimon, Statul Major al Fortelor Aeriene)

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