Helicopter crash unrelated to earlier fault that grounded Apache fleet – IDF

An initial investigation of Monday night’s helicopter crash, in which the pilot was killed and co-pilot was seriously injured, found that it was not connected to a rotor problem that grounded the entire fleet of Apache attack helicopters earlier this year, the army said Tuesday.

However, the military said it could not yet offer more details on the cause of the crash.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Apache helicopter pilot Maj. (res.) David “Dudi” Zohar alerted the Ramon Air Base in southern Israel that his aircraft was experiencing an as-yet unidentified malfunction.

A few minutes later, as Zohar and his co-pilot were bringing their helicopter in for a landing on the base’s runway, it crashed. Zohar was killed; his co-pilot, a lieutenant on active duty, was critically wounded.

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