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February 4, 2023

Four dead in medevac helicopter crash in Moldova

Romania’s Interior Ministry (MAI) has reported that four people died in a crash of a medevac helicopter operated by the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD) at Haragas, district of Cantemir, Moldova.

“Moldovan authorities have informed us about the disappearance of the helicopter. There were no patients aboard and the aircraft allegedly disappeared in the Haragas area. The helicopter is ours. MAI is in touch with intervention forces,” MAI officials said.

The crashed helicopter reportedly belongs to SMURD Iasi, head of the Iasi Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) Dan Paul Iamandi told Agerpres.

“Moldovan authorities have confirmed the crash of a SMURD helicopter. All available data point to a conformation that the aircraft belonged to SMURD Iasi,” said Iamandi.

This is the second SMURD medevac helicopter that crashed with crew aboard in the past ten years.


Romanian military prosecutors to set off for Moldova for on-scene investigation


A team of Romanian military prosecutors and forensic experts will go to the Republic of Moldova to work with the local judicial authorities to clear up the circumstances of the crash of the Mobile Emergency Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD) helicopter, the General Prosecutor’s Office informs on Thursday.

“A joint team made of military prosecutors and forensic experts will go to the Republic of Moldova to work with the judicial authorities of this country,” reads a release sent by the General Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday.

The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Iasi Military Court opened a criminal case in respect to the aviation accident occurred in Haragas, Moldova. The case was then taken over by the Section of Military Prosecutor’s Offices within the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

The investigations are conducted on manslaughter, failure to take legal labour security and health measures and failure to observe the legal labour security and health measures.

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