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    Romanian MiG-21 Crashes During Exhibition Leaving Pilot Dead - Defense Ministry

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    CHISINAU (Sputnik) - A Romanian MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) fighter jet crashed on Saturday during an exhibition flight in the country's south leaving the pilot dead, the Romanian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    "The MiG [21] Lancer jet from the 86 Base located in Fetesti crashed on Saturday, July 7, some 10 kilometers north of the base," the statement said.

    In a later statement, the ministry said that the pilot died in the incident.

    "Lt. Florin Rotaru, a pilot of the MiG Lancer crashed in Fetesti, died," the statement said adding that the pilot was 37 years old.

    ​The Romanian Defense Ministry created a special commission to investigate the cause of the incident.

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