RIP – A tribute post

I’m deeply saddened to tell you that the plane I photographed a month ago from my window crashed this morning and that the pilot lost his life.The IAR 99 Şoim 718 was the first Şoim (Hawk) manufactured in Craiova practically being the prototype of the Hawk.The pilot was 49 years old with a vast experience over 25 years.I hope he’s in a better place now.Apparently the cause of the accident was a technical malfunction.

Here you can see an article from a romanian newspaper that contains a photo of the pilot and the remains of the plane that burned entirely.

RIP Comandor Aurelian Cojocaru.