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March 4, 2021

Small plane crashes in central Romania, Italian survivor eventually dies in hospital

One person died and one survived with injuries, only to die later in a hospital, after a small plane with two people on board crashed on Saturday around noon between the villages of Sinca and Persani in Brasov County, central Romania.

The initial survivor was the pilot, a 66-years-old Italian man, documents found by rescuers at the crash site revealed. His companion, a 55-years-old Romanian woman, died on the spot, said officials of the Brasov Emergency Situations Inspectorate.

Dr. Cristian Boeriu, coordinator of the Targu Mures local unit of the Mobile Emergency Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD) that dispatched a medevac helicopter to the crash site, mentioned 1st and 2nd degree burns and a broken tibia as first injuries found on the man. He was taken by medics to the emergency hospital in Targu Mures, where he arrived bleeding heavily, after 2pm. Doctors tried for four hours to stabilize his condition; the lesions, however, were incompatible with life, hospital spokeswoman Mariana Negoita told Agerpres.

The airplane, a small Tecnam, took off from the airfield of Cioca, Timis County, in western Romania, heading for Ghimbav airfield in Brasov County. Only the tail was left of it after the fire that followed the crash, according to the pilot of the SMURD helicopter.

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