By Associated Press, in The Washington Post: Small plane crash in Romania unleashes public ire — excerpts:
“The government generally does nothing, and in this case they did nothing to locate the plane. A woodcutter had to find them,” aviation professor Nicolae Serban Tomescu said. “The rescue operation was like Swiss cheese. There were holes everywhere.”
Romania, a country of 19 million with no foreign enemies, has seven intelligence agencies, including the main domestic and foreign spying agencies.
But former emergency services chief Ion Burlui, who resigned Wednesday, said authorities had done their job properly in difficult conditions, including deep snow, dense fog and darkness.
“Winter is not like summer and the mountain is not like the plains,” he said. “These people intervened … risking their lives to save other people.”