Romanian Air Force IAR 99 Șoim Trainer Aircraft Crashes in Bacău

A Romanian Air Force IAR 99 Șoim (Hawk) trainer jet crashed during a training mission at around 13:20 Monday, near RoAF 95th Air Base in Bacau in eastern Romania with both pilots ejecting safely.

The two pilots managed to eject from the aircraft before the crash and were recovered by a helicopter to the Bacău air base. The are reportedly in stable condition.

41-year-old Commander Brysug has more than 1,000 hours of flight on the IAR 99 Șoim, and Captain-Commander Pena, 40, has a flight experience of nearly 450 hours.

The Air Force said there were no houses or other structures near the crash site and the fire was extinguished.

The crashed aircraft belonged to the RoAF Captain Alexandru Şerbănescu 95th Air Base (Baza 95 Aeriană Cpt. Av. Alexandru Şerbănescu). The RoAF 951st Advanced Air Training Squadron operating IAR 99 Șoim jet trainers are based at the 95th Air Base.

Last week, a MiG-21 LanceR aircraft crashed during the Open Air Day of the 86th Air Base (Baza 86 Aeriană) in Borcea, Fetesti in the country’s southeast, killing the pilot.

IAR 99 Șoim (Hawk) is an advanced trainer and light attack aircraft built by Romanian aeronautical company, Avioane Craiova S.A. and is capable of performing close air support (CAS) and reconnaissance missions.

The IAR 99 replaced the Aero L-29 Delfin and Aero L-39 Albatros as jet trainer of the Romanian Air Force. The aircraft is of semi-monocoque design, with tapered wings and a swept back tail unit. A large blade-type antenna installed beneath the nose on the port side of the fuselage gives the IAR 99 trainer a distinctive appearance.

Currently, the Romanian Airforce operates around 20 IAR 99 aircraft, 11 of which are the upgraded IAR-99 Șoim variant.

A modernized version of the IAR-99 called IAR-99 TD is currently being developed. A prototype is expected to be completed by 2022.

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