On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 20:00, a MiG-21 LanceR fighter jet probably crashed in a currently unknown coastal area of Romania.
An IAR-330 Puma helicopter that took off to find the plane also crashed 11 kilometers from Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport.
In the helicopter, all five soldiers who were the whole helicopter crew were killed. The Romanian MiG-21 has not yet been found.
Romanian Defence Minister Vasile Dincu expressed condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers.
“Today is a very bad day for the Romanian army family. The five crew members of the IAR 330-Puma helicopter, which was on a search and rescue operation for the missing MiG-21 Lancer, were found dead in the Gura Dobrogei area, 11 kilometers from the airport.
I express my condolences to the families of the victims. May they rest in peace. “Operation to find the pilot of the MiG 21 LanceR aircraft is in full swing,” said the Romanian Minister of Defense.