IAF Pilot Killed in Helicopter Crash

  • IAF Pilot Killed in Helicopter Crash

IAF Pilot Killed in Helicopter Crash

An Israeli military pilot was killed and another soldier seriously injured when their Apache helicopter crashed near Israel's Ramon Airbase in the country's south.

An Israeli military helicopter crashed late on Monday, killing the pilot, a military spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The military identified the identity of the deceased pilot: it was a 43-year-old major David Zohar.

The IDF has launched a full investigation into the tragic accident and ordered all combat choppers be grounded until the outcome of the investigation. They began flying again last month. His co-pilot, a lieutenant on active duty, was in critical condition following surgery Monday night, according to reports.

This is the second occurrence within a week of technical failures forcing pilots of the troubled Apache helicopter to make emergency landings, the Times of Israel reported.

In June, a crack was found in the rear rotor blade of a Boeing Apache helicopter, an AH-model 64D Saraph ("fiery winged serpent").