Romanian news channel MTI reported that a Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer had crashed in Morris province on Tuesday afternoon.
And AngelA spokesman for the Romanian Ministry of Defense told Antena 3 news TV that the pilot fell from a catapult and survived the accident, but was injured. According to news television, the multifunctional fighter took off from the Aranyoslóa air base on a training flight and crashed near Dedrád, which borders Szászrégen.
According to a statement issued by the Romanian Ministry of Defense, the plane crashed in an uninhabited area at 2:30 pm local time. The pilot did not lose consciousness despite the catapult, cooperating with rescue units that arrived at the scene of the accident.
Főtér.ro he is writingThat all MiGs of the Romanian army were immediately prevented from taking off by the relevant authorities. They also added that the Romanian Air Force has been purchasing these aircraft since 1962, and although they have been refurbished since the 1990s, most of them are old. Citing unofficial sources, Főtér.ro also indicated that only 20 MiGs are currently in operation.
In Romania, the Air Force is being modernized with second-hand F16 fighters purchased from the army, but there are also MiG-21 Lancer fighters manufactured in the Soviet Union and refurbished in Romania with Israeli assistance. To date, 17 F-16s have arrived in Romania.
In the past 25 years, more than twenty MiG-21s of the Romanian Air Force have made an emergency landing or crash. The last similar incident occurred on July 7, 2018, during an air show near the town of Vettesti in southern Romania. Then the pilot did not survive the accident.