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Fighter jet crashes in Romania, killing pilot

AFP  |  Bucharest 

A died today after his fighter jet crashed during an airshow in the south east of the country, the said.

Florin Rotaru, 36, was flying the MiG21 Lancer during a display in the town of Fetesti, 90km (56 miles) from the coast, where thousands of spectators gathered.

No one else was hurt.

"Words are too little to describe the pain felt by the afer this loss", wrote on

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, with Fifor saying that Romania's fighter jets are functioning "perfectly".

Prosecutors opened an investigation regarding the fatal crash.

The Soviet-era MiGs are primary jets for the which has been using them for the last five decades and still relies on them for missions of air policing.

Last time a MiG crashed in was in 2017, near airbase, where American troops are stationed. The survived after he managed to eject himself.

Eleven pilots died from 1994 until present and 19 MiG jet fighters crashed, according to statistics published by

is investing billions of dollars into modernising its in the context of regional tensions generated by Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea.

has already bought 12 American-made F16 fighter jets from and is planing to acquire another 40 in the coming years.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 21:55 IST