A newly-released document has shed fresh light on the unexplained death of Welsh photo-journalist Ian Parry in Romania 28 years ago.

Parry, 24, from Prestatyn , died in a plane crash on December 28, 1989, while working for The Sunday Times during the momentous events surrounding the coup which ousted the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

The journalist died when the plane taking him out of the country crashed into a remote forest.

Parry has since been described as having had the potential, had he lived, of achieving world-class status in his chosen field of photo-journalism.

A document newly released from the UK Ministry of Transport’s Department of Civil Aviation and dated August 17, 1993, states simply that “it is most likely that the cause of the accident was an externally acted force on the aircraft, possibly of an object impact exterior to the aircraft during its flight path, in the left horizontal tail plane area”. In other words, the rear part of the fuselage was hit.

An aviation expert has told former BBC Wales journalist John Stevenson that if a bird had hit the plane, for instance, it is more likely to have hit the front and been sucked through the propellers and damaged the engine. The report confirms that was not the cause of the crash.

Stevenson, who plans to write a book about the death of Parry, said: “The content of the report is corroborated by two separate eye witnesses to the incident, who bravely agreed to be interviewed on camera by me and both spoke of flames and thick black smoke billowing from the rear of the plane as it flew over the village of Visina before crashing.”

John Stevenson, former political correspondent at BBC Cymru Wales
John Stevenson, former political correspondent at BBC Cymru Wales

Stevenson has spent four years seeking to unravel the circumstances surrounding the plane crash. The results of an earlier investigation by him were broadcast both by S4C and BBC Radio Wales in December 2014.

Stevenson was recently awarded the prestigious Gareth Jones Memorial Scholarship by the University of Wales to pursue the investigation, and he will return to Bucharest next summer. He hopes to complete a book and to produce and present a follow up programme on these events, to be aired in 2019, 30 years after Parry’s death.

In December 2019, Stevenson will also be the guest lecturer at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

The University of Wales has also asked him to use his experience in journalism to prepare teaching material which will be of benefit to the next generation of journalists.

There have been question marks over whether the plane crash was an accident or whether the plane was shot down under government orders.

Stevenson believes that Parry was killed on the orders of key figures in Romania’s new leadership because of the photos and documents he was carrying back to the West.



Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here