Steering malfunction seen as likely cause of IAF helicopter crash

Kristopher Drake
August 9, 2017

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An Israel Defense Forces pilot was killed and another sustained life-threatening wounds as a military helicopter crashed in southern Israel late on Monday after an apparent engine malfunction.

The crash took place during a training exercise and has added to the debate regarding safety inspection procedures in the Israel Air Force.

"The levayah for David Zohar, z" l, the IDF pilot who was killed in the accident, was set for Tuesday evening in his hometown of Haifa.

The military launched an probe into the incident, the spokesperson said.

The fleet had been grounded in June after a crack was discovered in the rotor blade of one helicopter. Golan's co-pilot was critically wounded when their Apache attack helicopter crashed on landing moments after they reported a technical failure, whereupon it crashed inside the Israeli air force base.

Approximately nine minutes after reporting the malfunction, as pilot Maj.

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