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February 4, 2023

Prosecutors pursue manslaughter charges in Apuseni air crash case

The prosecutors from the High Court of Justice’s (PICCJ) military prosecutor’s offices have ordered the start of criminal prosecution on manslaughter, the causing of bodily harm and dereliction of duty charges in the Apuseni air crash case, a communiqué remitted by the Attorney General’s office yesterday and quoted by hotnews.ro shows. As a consequence of this fact, one of the next “steps” concerns “the hearing of persons with prerogatives in preparing and coordinating the flight of airplane YR-BNP, a BN2 airplane, as well as in coordinating the rescue operations, the location, search and rescue of the air crash’s victims.” We remind our readers that three weeks ago pilot Adrian Iovan and student Aurelia Ion lost their lives after a small BN2 airplane that had a medical team onboard crashed in a mountainous area, at an altitude of over 1,400 meters, at the administrative border of Cluj and Alba counties. Iovan died because of traumatic shock and hypothermic shock, as a result of multiple traumas and exposure to low temperatures. The second victim, Sub-lieutenant Aurelia Ion, a 23-year-old student officer enrolled in the 5th year at the Army’s Medical Institute in Bucharest, died as a result of a combined mechanism of exposure to low temperatures and respiratory problems caused by head and chest trauma.

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