An accident involving three parachuters occurred on Sunday on the Clinceni Aerodrome, inform official representatives of the Bucharest Branch of the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU).
The three parachuters crashed from a height of about 70 meters, after their parachutes would have tangled, information also confirmed by Dr. Raed Arafat, head of the Interior Ministry’s Department for Emergency Situations.
The first parachuter, a man, died on site.
The second person who died is a woman, who was at her first diving attempt, according to the sources.
The third person is in a critical condition at the Floreasca Hospital.
The two parachute jumpers that initially survived – an instructor and a woman that jumped in tandem with him – were taken to the Floreasca Hospital and the University Hospital in Bucharest. The man went into cardiac arrest after the accident and was taken away by a medical helicopter. He has head traumas and is undergoing medical investigations, SMURD Bucharest coordinator Bogdan Oprita stated.
Arafat : Parachutes tangled while air diving
The parachutes of the three persons involved in the accident that occurred on Sunday on the Clinceni Aerodrome tangled while air diving, head of the Interior Ministry’s Department for Emergency Situations, Dr. Raed Arafat, told Agerpres, this being the reason of their crashing down.
“The pieces of information we have so far reveal three parachuters crashed down. I understand the parachutes tangled during the air dive. (…) We haven’t witnessed such situations (…), there hasn’t been a similar situation,” Dr. Raed Arafat said.
“It’s a serious accident, so far we’ve never met a situation in which we have three injured parachute jumpers. A SMURD helicopter and two ground crews were dispatched from Bucharest. (…) It’s a fall from significant height. (…) A fall from such a height, those alive can suffer serious injuries that can lead to their worsening,” Arafat stated, adding that “one of them was found in cardiac arrest, an attempt was made to resuscitate him, but with no success.”
Prosecutors have opened an investigation that will reveal why the accident, which is the first of its kind in Romania, took place.