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January 21, 2022

Israeli helicopter crashes in Brasov County, seven reportedly dead

A helicopter belonging to Israeli army has reportedly fallen crashed in Fundata, Brasov County last evening, a Defence Ministry report shows, hours after Nine O’Clock paper issue went to print. According to preliminary data published online by Antena 3 the CH-53 aircraft had on board Israeli crew and several US soldiers. Although yet unconfirmed by the US Embassy or other officials, four US soldiers were reportedly killed in the crash. The aircraft CH 53 was used in military application, and according to the Ministry of Defense, there were no Romanian troops involved in the exercise.

“First data shows the crash occurred in Fundata area, at the Brasov County border, on Ialomita Valley, it was a military plane, “ Brasov County Prefect said, quoted by Agerpres.

“This might have been a common exercise in partnership with the US, either a research mission or a bad weather drill, “expert Sorin Stoicescu told Realitatea TV.

A witness quoted by Antena 3 said: “I was in Poiana Tapului, in the park, I see three helicopters flying over the area. All of a sudden the third aircraft fell to the ground, it all happened very soon. “

The helicopter belongs to the Israeli army and, according to info from realitatea online, in Boboc base, Buzau County, several such aircrafts are exercising various drills in a special programme called Blue Sky 2010, developed between July 18 and 29 and aiming to train military aircrafts in low altitude flying and search-rescue missions. More details in the next Nine O’Clock issue.

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