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March 5, 2021

Aerodrome commander dies in plane crash

The commander of the Clinceni Aerodrome and a member of the air acrobatics team “Hawks of Romania”, Mihai Dobre Tone, died on Friday when the light plane he was training with collapsed.

The accident occurred while the pilot was training for an air show scheduled to be held on Saturday. The show was postponed in the wake of the incident. The head of the Transport Ministry’s investigations department, Mircea Ciuca, said on Friday that the accident occurred when the plane went into a flat spin and the pilot was no longer able to control the machine. The plane caught fire immediately after hitting the ground. Ciuca added that the investigation into what exactly caused the accident could last for months, as the plane did not have a black box. Ciuca said the investigation will take into consideration all possibilities, including technical malfunction, human error or unfavourable weather conditions.

Dobre Tone was 24 and a former air acrobatics champion. The head of Romania Air Club, Constantin Voicu, said Dobre was a very experienced pilot, with over 1,000 hours of flight. “For two years in a row, in 2007 and 2008, he was national champion in air acrobatics. (…) He was the best acrobatics pilot in Romania,” Voicu said.

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