RoAF 90th Airlift Base
|RoAF 90th Airlift Base|
|Airport type||Military / Public|
|Operator||Romanian Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||314 ft / 96 m|
The Romanian Air Force 90th Airlift Base (Baza 90 Transport Aerian) is located at the Henri Coandă International Airport, near Bucharest. In 1949, the 49th Transport Group was the first unit to be settled at Otopeni airfield. Later, in 1971, a special squadron was commissioned here and after few years this squadron became the 50th Airlift Wing. On March 1, 1990, by gathering together these two units, the 90th Airlift Base was officially formed.
The base is currently home to the 901st, 902nd, 903rd, 904th, 905th aviation squadrons, operating C-130 Hercules, C-27J Spartan, An-26, An-30, IAR-330L and IAR-330 SOCAT. The 90th Airlift Base is also the home of the Presidential and Government aircraft.
2007 IAR-330 SOCAT crash
Three crewmen were killed on November 7, 2007, including Commander Bucur Nicolae (one of the most experienced RoAF pilots, with over 2,700 flying hours), when an IAR-330 Puma SOCAT helicopter belonging to the 90th Airlift Base crashed in Ungheni, near Piteşti, Argeş County. The aircraft was performing a night training mission at the moment it disappeared from radar. Immediately after the crash, the 90th air base detached two helicopters for a search and rescue mission.
- Helicopter crashed near Pitesti killing three people aboard, Antena 3, November 7, 2007.
- (in English) 90th Airlift Base on the Romanian Air Force official website
- (in English) Order of Battle of the RoAF
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