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December 7, 2021

MAE: Romania’s ambassador to Pakistan, slightly injured in airplane crash, did not need hospitalisation

Spokesperson for Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) Raluca Lunculescu said Friday that the Romanian diplomat aboard an airplane that crashed in Pakistan earlier in the day was slightly injured; although he was rushed to a hospital in the region, he did not need hospitalisation for his injuries and it is now safely in the town of Gilgit.

“Romania’s ambassador to Pakistan. Mr Emilian Ion (photo), was aboard a helicopter that has crashed today in a region in northern Pakistan. He was slightly injured, but now it is out of harm’s way. He confirmed his state to us because we managed to get in touch with him by phone. Immediately after the accident he was rushed to a regional hospital, but he did not require hospitalisation for his injuries,’ said Lunculescu.

She mentioned that no other Romanian nationals were on board, just foreign diplomats, some of whom died in the accident.

Lunculescu extended MAE’s condolences, voicing regret over the human casualties.

She added that according to official information MAE got from the spokesperson of the Pakistani Army the crash was the result of technical faults.

“There are currently no indications to suggest the crash was the outcome of a terror act. There is an inquiry underway,” she said, adding that the Pakistani Army said the crash happened in an area where Taliban groups do not operate.

Asked about the destination of the diplomats aboard the helicopter, Lunculescu said they were on a travelling tour. “On an invitation from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, they were to stay in the region for some days to visit various historic sites and meet local officials. The tour was obviously cancelled,” she said, quoted by Agerpres.

Lunculescu added that according to official information from Pakistan, the accident left seven dead – two foreign ambassadors, two ambassador’s wives and three Pakistani nationals.


President Iohannis extends condolences to states whose citizens were killed in Pakistan helicopter crash


President Klaus Iohannis on Friday extended condolences to the countries whose citizens were killed in a helicopter crash in northern Pakistan.

“I want to refer to the aircraft crash that occurred in Pakistan, where a helicopter with diplomats on board made a crash landing. Unfortunately, two envoys, the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines, and the wives of the Malaysian and the Indonesian ambassadors were killed. I express my deep condolences to the states whose nationals died in the crash,” Iohannis said in a statement at the “Henri Coanda” Bucharest Airport.

He mentioned that Romania’s ambassador in Islamabad, Ion Emilian, was also aboard the ill-fated helicopter, but that fortunately, he sustained only mild injuries and is out of danger.



PM Ponta: I can confirm that the Romanian Ambassador in Pakistan is out of danger


Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Friday announced that he received the confirmation the Romanian Ambassador in Pakistan is currently completely out of danger.

“I received the confirmation that our Ambassador in Pakistan is completely out of danger. I profoundly regret the loss of human lives!,” the Prime Minister wrote on his Twitter account.


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