Middle East

Israel: 2 dead in military helicopter crash

An Israeli military helicopter crash killed two pilots and injured a third crew member, the Israel Defense Forces said early Tuesday.

The chopper went down off the coast of northern Israel during a training exercise on Monday. The third member onboard has been evacuated to a hospital, the military said.

The cause of the crash is not known.

Rescue teams search for wreckage of the crashed chopper near the coast of HaifaRescue teams search for wreckage of the crashed chopper near the coast of Haifa

The Israeli Air Force’s Atalef┬ámaritime helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of the northern Israeli city of Haifa, the military said in a statement.

People hold parts of a crashed helicopter in Haifa, Israel, on Jan. 3, 2022.The IAF “Atalef” maritime helicopter went down late Monday

Rescue teams, including Israel’s Special Forces Underwater Missions Unit, were deployed to the site immediately. However, they were unable to save two pilots who were declared dead on the scene.

A third crew member, an aerial observer, was “moderately injured,” the army said. The crew member had been flown to a hospital.

Israeli Air Force Commander Amikam Norkin announced a temporary freeze on training exercises. The military added that a senior official would lead an investigation team to examine the “incident.”

rm/fb (AFP, Reuters)

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