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February 28, 2021

Medevac helicopter crash: Moldovan government offers financial aid to families of dead crew

The Moldovan government announced on Wednesday an aid of one million Moldovan lei (more than 44,000 euros) from its reserve fund to the families of the four members of the crew killed in the crash of a Romanian medevac helicopter last Thursday, in Moldova.

A release of he Executive in Chisinau to Agerpres quotes Prime Minister Pavel Filip (photo)  saying it is a natural response; he asked the relevant institutions to take all necessary measures to make the payments as soon as possible.

Filip praised the authorities for their actions following the tragedy and for the quick completion of the investigation. “A good mobilization was achieved, and this was the most adequate gesture we could offer in memory of the SMURD heroes,” he said, and thanked Romania’s government for its continued aid to Moldova through the SMURD.

SMURD is Romania’s Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication; its helicopter crashed in Haragas, Cantemir County, Moldova while on a rescue mission, killing dr. Mihaela Dumea, chief nurse Adrian-Gabriel Sandu, pilot Group Captain Ilie Doru Gavril and copilot Wing Commander Constantin Voicu Socae.

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