Helicopter Crash Unrelated to Earlier Fleet Grounding

Trevor Jackson
August 9, 2017

Though the June revelation ultimately grounded the nation's entire Apache stock, Monday's crash was a result of a malfunction in the steering system of the tail rotor blades, the official confirmed.

The Israeli military says a combat helicopter has crashed in a training accident, killing one pilot and critically injuring another.

The entire fleet of Apache helicopters has been grounded until the investigation is completed.

The co-pilot was seriously injured in the incident that saw an Apache attack helicopter crash on landing at the Ramon air force base, she added.

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The military identified the identity of the deceased pilot: it was a 43-year-old major David Zohar.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman declared on Twitter that he intends to take action against whomever circulated the false rumor on Whatsapp that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot had died in the helicopter crash.

In an unusual move, the IDF spokesperson issued a statement clarifying that the claims were false and "that any rumors regarding the death or injury of additional commanders in the incident are not accurate".

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