July 5th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Military plane crashes in Romania, killing 10

A military plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Tuzla Romania Airport in southeastern Romania, killing 10 people and injuring three more, a Romanian Ministry of Defense spokesman said Monday.

Four crew members and nine military divers were on board for parachute training when the AN2 crashed around 5:40 p.m. local time, he said.

The three survivors have been recovered and taken to the hospital, said the spokesman.

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  1. cnndummies

    Headline from front page: "Military jet crash in Romania kills 10." Problem: The AN2 is a prop driven biplane....

    July 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • @ new

      do you just go from article to article pointing out mistakes? Remind me of my ex wife.

      July 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Yeah, maybe that's why you're not married anymore. Facts (such as the fact that an AN-2 is a 50's era biplane) obviously bothered you.

      July 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stepanig

    On cnn.com you present this article as "Military jet crashes..."
    The plane was not a jet. It was an old russian single propeller driven biplane. Please, be more careful in your research before publishing an article for CNN.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. EBOH E

    Its highly unfortunate that plans are crashing these days thereby sending professionals to an early grave. May their soul rest in peace

    July 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wonster

      these days? I think every form of transportation has been crashing on a regular basis since its invention.

      July 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Schimmel

    May these souls rest in peace.

    CNN – Shame on you. As stated – The An-2 is used as a light utility transport, parachute drop aircraft, agricultural work and many other tasks suited to this large slow-flying biplane. Its slow flight and good field performance make it suited for short, unimproved fields, and some specialized variants have also been built for cold weather and other extreme environments. It is a SINGLE Prop aircraft, originally designed in 1947 by the Soviet Union.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eire Annalba

      Indeed, it is ridiculous to describe this slow moving aircraft as a jet. It is anything but. Actually as an aircraft it is one of the best aircrafts ever produced in the Soviet Union, and had one of the longest production runs. Having seen quite a few in the airports in Russia, and flying in Siberia – they are a sturdy, and reliable aircraft and reasonably simple to maintain. Cannot say that for many western aircraft that were designed in the 1940's.

      July 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    A very good aircraft! Many variants made over the years including a turboprop version. The turbo version is called the AN-3, it's mainly used as a ag-plane and as a regional airliner in 3rd-world countries.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. MikeK

    without proper maintenance, even a sturdy aircraft like the AN2 can become a deathtrap. I watched a youtube video about a group of retarded ghost hunters who went to Romania and decided to do an aerial survey of a supposedly haunted forrest. The roof of their An2 biplane separated from the airplane in mid flight. They made it safely back to the airport and proceeded with their retarted show.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. nick

    What is really sad about this post is that despite the loss of ten individuals you fine aviation folk seems to be more interested in lashing CNN for call an old PROP driven BIPLANE a "jet". If you wanna flex your brains, get all geek and show off with who has the greatest inside info on when this plane last carried 2-tons of pesticide to a beet farm outside Bucharest, or how the wheels are round and on the bottom of the plane so it can actually land, even though it has "obtained a exemplary service in eastern Europe"... blah blah blah. There are forums for for these things, go there. Until then get over yourselves and pay some respect.

    May they rest in peace.

    July 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Marine in disbelief

    I can't believe that most of these posts are about what type of aircraft was being flown, or said to be. The more important thing is that people lost thier lives, isn't it? The loss of the 10 families that won't be able to see thier loved ones again? What is wrong with people today?

    July 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. TX

    A whole bunch of nit-pickers on this board....Jet or prop plane, 10 people lost their lives, so may they rest in peace.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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