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Romania's MiG fighter may have crashed because of bird strik

2017-12-03 02:32来源:网络整理

BUCHAREST, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The MiG 21 Lancer fighter of Romanian Air Force may have crashed earlier Monday after hitting a flock of birds. This is one of the hypotheses launched in the accident investigation.

The investigators found feathers and bird remains at the scene of the accident, which would favor the hypothesis that the jet hit a flock of birds and ingested them into the engine.

According to a press release from the Defence Ministry, the aircraft that crashed in southeastern county of Constanta carried out a training mission in the "Thracian Eagle 2017" exercise, which is being conducted together with the Bulgarian Air Force.

After the mission, when returning to the air base, the pilot, Lieutenant Commander Adrian Stancu, reported a major engine failure during the execution of the landing maneuvers.

Stancu catapulted about 8 kilometers away from the county's Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport and was soon transported by a helicopter to a nearby hospital and brought in the afternoon to the Central Military Hospital in the capital of Bucharest.

According to a multidisciplinary evaluation team, the pilot has column injuries, which makes him unable to move his legs, and the risk of paralysis is quite high in such situations.

The pilot also has a minor thoracic contusion, a minor cranial contusion and a fracture of the calcaneus.

Bucharest authorities decided to upgrade its air force to NATO standards and received six refurbished used F-16 Fighting Falcons jets last October, yet the MiG 21 Lancer fleet remains the backbone of the country's air force.


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