Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Romanian MiG-21 crashes during ‘Thracian Eagle 2017’

A Romanian Air Force MiG-21 crashed today in Constanta County during manoeuvres being held as part of the Thracian Eagle 2017 exercise with counterparts from Bulgaria, media in Bucharest said, quoting the Romanian defence ministry. The pilot, Lieutenant-Commander A. Stancu, ejected and parachuted. After being given first aid, he was taken to hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

The crash happened after the MiG-21 had been in flight for more than an hour. As Stancu was carrying out landing manoeuvres, he reported that the fighter was undergoing major engine failure and he ejected. The aircraft crashed outside inhabited areas. The crash is being investigated by Romanian military prosecutors. There will be a formal commission of inquiry, to be appointed by the chief of the Romanian AF staff. (Source: sofiaglobe.com, 12-Jun-2017)