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Mystery Helicopter Crash Kills Two Reservist Pilots

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Air Force is trying to find out what went wrong in the overnight helicopter crash that killed two veteran reservist pilots on a routine training flight between Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

The names of the victims have not been released, but their families have been notified.

Hours before the crash, outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak told  Palmachim officers he always hopes that all IDF personnel return from duty alive and well.

The Cobra helicopter was on its way back to its Palmachim base around 1 a.m. when it crashed and broke up. An area resident reported that he saw an object falling from the air. The helicopter was not carrying a large amount of fuel and therefore did not catch fire during its descent or after crashing into an area water reservoir.

After contact was lost with the aircraft, a search party located the debris and the two dead bodies approximately four hours later.

Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel grounded all Cobra helicopters and ordered an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

A yeshiva student who saw the plane falling told Yediot Acharonot, “When we saw the mess in the air and the security forces, we went to help with the search. We went into the field and after several hundred yards, we found part of the helicopter’s main rotor. It’s fortunate the helicopter did not catch fire.”

IAF Cobra Crash, Crew Killed

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

At 1:00 AM, Tuesday morning, contact was lost with an Israeli Air Force Cobra helicopter on a training exercise, near Kibbutz Revadim, according to the IDF spokesperson.

At 5:15 AM the bodies of the two crew members, and parts of the helicopter were found. The two were veteran reservists, and the flight was a routine training exercise.

The helicopter was on its way back to the Palmahim Air Force base when it crashed.

The last time an IAF Cobra helicopter crashed was in June 2008.

Kibbutz Revadim is along the southern coastal plain, east of Ashdod, and north of Kiryat Gat.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaf-cobra-crash-crew-killed/2013/03/12/

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