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Ministry of Transports committee initiates investigation in case of Cluj Airport aviation incident

A committee appointed by the Ministry of Transports is currently on site at the Avram Iancu International Airport in order to investigate the circumstances of the incident that occurred on Thursday, when a Blue Air aircraft went off the runway during landing manoeuvers.

Director of the airport David Ciceo (photo) told Agerpres on Friday that the committee arrived to Cluj on Thursday and that investigations are “normal in this kind of situations.”

“The committee from the ministry arrived, these are normal checks. The committee must integrate a very large amount of information and data, documents, from ROMATSA, from the airport, from the air company. I do not know when the investigations will be concluded,” David Ciceo stated.

Ciceo also added that the aircraft involved in the incident had left on Thursday evening for Bucharest.

“The aircraft took off in safe conditions bound for Bucharest, around 9pm, therefore it did not suffer any damage. The investigation will determine the exact causes. I mention that before the Blue Air aircraft’s landing seven aircraft took off safely, none of the pilots reported problems on the track, so there wasn’t any ice. Moreover, after these aircraft took off, the temperature went up slightly. Therefore, the landing conditions were appropriate,” Ciceo stressed.

Alongside investigations carried by the Transports Ministry committee, the Prosecutor’s Office with the Cluj Court of Appeal opened a case on the aviation incident.

According to Sebastian Dobrescu, spokesman of the Prosecutor’s Office with the Cluj Court of Appeal told Agerpres that for the moment there was no news connected to the prosecutors’ investigation.

On Thursday David Ciceo told Agerpres that investigations conducted by prosecutors are normal in such cases.

“We believe it is a normal procedure to take action regarding this incident and in this case we will support with all data the investigations that will be undertaken. On the occasion of the incident there was a Cluj prosecutor for the first information. It is a normal procedure in case of an incident, ” Ciceo stated.

A plane carrying 116 passengers performing a charter flight on the route Bucharest – Barcelona with a stopover in Cluj went off the runway on Thursday during landing on the Avram Iancu International Airport, without causing any casualties or damage.

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