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Search for missing glider pilot extended, drones used too

The search for the pilot of a glider gone missing last Thursday was extended to another three counties, with several teams being involved in the mission, drones included, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Monday.

“Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea approved the involvement of additional resources, therefore more than 1,350 forces are now being involved in this complex mission. Besides the counties of Brasov, Prahova, Buzau, Arges, Dambovita and Sibiu, the search is also being carried out in another three counties: Harghita, Covasna, Bacau”, the ministry said in a release to Agerpres.

More than 1,350 firemen, gendarmes, policemen, troops, mountain rescue troops, forest rangers and volunteers of the services for emergencies have available 218 vehicles, crawler vehicles and special off-road vehicles.

Also being used are seven helicopters of the Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry and four planes of the Romanian Air Club. Two drones will also be raised on Monday to conduct the search in those areas where access is very difficult.

On Aug. 6 at around 9:50 p.m., Brasov-based Inspectorate for Emergencies was notified by the Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration Romatsa that a glider having taken off from Ghimbav Airport, near Brasov at about noon had not returned to the base.

“Last night, the firemen who had taken part in Saturday’s and Sunday’s missions were replaced by new forces. The search routes set for today also include the area of Poiana Tapului, Sipa Valley where information was received from some volunteers last night that they might have seen possible wreckage of the crashed glider. Early searches of the area were carried out into last midnight and have been resumed today”, the ministry explained.

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