ROMANIAN TRANSPORT minister Aurel Novak has confirmed that bomb threats against the Romanian airline Tarom had been received from unknown sources during the months before the Tarom Airbus A310-300 crash at Bucharest Airport, Romania, on 31 March at 08.10 local time.

On the day of the accident, which took place in heavy snow and sleet about 2min after take-off for Brussels, there was no positive evidence of sabotage. Witnesses had reported an explosion in the aft end of the aircraft before it came down, however. All ten crew and 49 passengers were killed.

Tarom operates three A310-300s. The Pratt & Whitney 4152-powered aircraft, which crashed (YR-LCC) was leased and had been in service since 1987.

It is the third A310 to have been involved in a fatal accident, but the official reports of the earlier crashes failed to find fault with the type.

Source: Flight International