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March 6, 2021

A year after aviation tragedy in Apuseni Mountains. Report almost ready

It has been a year since pilot Adrian Iovan and medical student Aura Ion died in the plane crash that took place in the Apuseni Mountains. The effort of 2,354 hours of hearings and 209 people questioned in the case has brought about no official result for now. The investigation into the causes of the crash is close to being completed, and the data that has appeared so far shows that the plane’s engines had no technical anomalies according to the analysis conducted by their producer.

The Investigation Centre for Civil Aviation Safety (CIAS) shows in a preliminary statement published yesterday that the investigation into the plane crash that took place in Alba County on 20 January 2014 is about to be finalized. The statement presents all stages covered so far, as well as the stages about to be covered before the report is complete.


No engine problems


The investigation commission’s specialists have examined the wreckage and the site of the crash, have analyzed, in collaboration with the accredited representative of UK’s AAIB, the data registered by the plane’s GPS, as well as the conformity between the Emergency Local Transmitter (ELT) system and the search and rescue system, have analyzed the documents put at their disposal by CC-SAR Romatsa, have interviewed CC-SAR’s personnel, and have analyzed international documents of reference. Likewise, the weather conditions registered at the time of the flight have also been analyzed.

The condition of the engines at the time of the crash was analyzed by NTSB’s accredited representative, within the laboratory of America’s Lycoming Engines, the engine’s producer.

“In the report, the producer of the engines has pointed out that he has detected no technical anomalies that would indicate that engine power is affected in the conditions tested,” CIAS pointed out.

The investigative commission will go through several stages in order to author the final report on the Apuseni air crash and will then send the draft of the final report to the states involved and the EASA. “After receiving the responses from the accredited representatives and EASA, CIAS will draft the Final Report which will include or present in an annex, depending on the case, their possible points of view,” the aforementioned document reads.


Victims found by locals


Pilot Adrian Iovan and student Aurelia Ion lost their lives in the air crash that took place on 20 January 2014 in an inaccessible area of the Apuseni Mountains at an altitude of 1,400 meters, an area located on the administrative border of the Cluj and Alba counties.

Copilot Razvan Petrescu and doctors Radu Zamfir from the Fundeni Hospital, Valentin Calu from the Elias Hospital, Catalin Pivniceru from the ‘Sfanta Maria’ Hospital and Sorin Ianceu from the Beius Municipal Hospital were injured in the crash. The medical team was flying from Bucharest to Oradea where it was about to collect the liver of a 60-year-old donor who had died after a stroke.

The airplane’s wreckage and the victims were found by three locals after searches that lasted approximately five hours and that involved rescue firefighters, mountain gendarmes, policemen, mountain rescuers, employees of the Apuseni Mountains Natural Park and locals.

Supreme Court prosecutors have ordered the start of criminal prosecution for manslaughter, the causing of bodily injuries through negligence and malfeasance in office, failure to adopt and respect legal work security and health measures and dereliction of duty on the part of civil aviation personnel.


Adrian Iovan’s ex-wife organises commemorative service in Apuseni Mountains


Adrian Iovan’s ex-wife, Romanita Iovan, organised on Saturday a commemorative service in Poiana Horii, in the Apuseni Mountains, where the wreck of the Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 YR-BNP plane belonging to the Superior School of Aviation was found.

“It is our decision, the decision of his friends and people close to him, because this is where it happened, this is where the impotence of people who were supposed to help him manifested itself. I want to keep his memory alive for as long as I shall live, and through this on-going remembrance we can say he did not perish. It is important that we go and light up a candle where Adrian lived the most difficult moment of his life, when he saved all his passengers. Those who were supposed to locate them were unable to save him too. It is a very long story…” Romanita Iovan said.

The fashion designer announced a commemorative march for Adrian Iovan and Aurelia Ion for today. The survivors of the plane crash – the copilot and the four injured doctors – are expected to attend. The march will take place in Bucharest, from Charles de Gaulle Square to the Aviators Statue.


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