Air Force chopper fleet stays grounded as interim report issued on crash

Team investigating deadly Apache attack helicopter accidents finds no connection to June’s rotor blade issue.

The head of the Israeli Air Force called for the military’s fleet of Apache attack helicopters to remain grounded on Tuesday, following a deadly crash earlier this month, until a full investigation could be completed, the army said.

On Tuesday, the team investigating the crash submitted an interim report to IAF chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin.

The colonel-led commission found that, as initially suspected, the helicopter suffered a steering malfunction, which necessitated an emergency landing on an air force base, the army said.

As the attack helicopter came in for a landing, it crashed suddenly. The aircraft’s pilot Maj. (res.) David “Dudu” Zohar was killed, and the co-pilot, Lt. On, was seriously injured.

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