The aircraft that came from Ukraine was an unarmed “toy” that could only be used for reconnaissance, the defense minister said
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Romania’s defense minister downplayed the incident in which a drone entered its airspace from Ukraine and landed in a rural area. In an interview on Monday evening, Vasile Dincu dismissed the aircraft as so small and unthreatening that he initially thought reports of its discovery were a prank.
The mystery drone was recovered by villagers in the Bistrita-Nasaud County in northern Romania on Monday from some bushes where it was stuck.
Speaking to Digi24 news, the minister said the drone was almost a “toy” with a wingspan of about one meter and that didn’t carry any explosives and posed no threat to Romanians.
“I am from Bistrita; the area where it fell is close to where I was born. At first I thought it was a prank by a modeling club,” he said. “A villager whom I know told me about what had happened, and only then I realized it wasn’t a joke.”
Can anybody ID this "russian-made" drone? It crashed in Romania, about 80-km from the border. Romanian secret service is investigating, they say it came from the direction of Ukraine. Remember, few days ago a "soviet-made" UAV crashed in Croatia, coming also from Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/TXmzEegvsx
— Gregor Martin (@Guderian_Xaba) March 14, 2022
Purported images of the aircraft circulated by Romanian media show what appears to be a Russian-made Orlan-10 short-range reconnaissance aircraft. The minister suggested, however, that the aircraft was an old Soviet-made drone that “was taken out of use since 1989.”
The official may have confused the tiny plane with a large Soviet-designed Tu-141 Strizh, which flew through Romanian airspace last Thursday before going over Hungary and crashing in Zagreb, Croatia.