Two killed in Israeli military helicopter crash: Army

AFP , Tuesday 4 Jan 2022

Two Israeli military helicopter pilots were killed and another crew member injured in a crash over the Mediterranean, the army said Tuesday, promising an investigation into the incident.

File Photo, An Israeli Atalef rescue helicopter lands during exercise on an Israeli navy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea during joint maneuvers with the Turkish and US navies. AFP

The IAF "Atalef" maritime helicopter went down Monday in the Mediterranean off the coast of the northern city of Haifa during a training flight, the army said in a statement.

Rescue teams, including Israel's Special Forces Underwater Missions Unit, were deployed but were unable to save two pilots who were declared dead at the scene.

A third crew member , an aerial observer  was "moderately injured", the army said.

Israeli Air Force Commander Amikam Norkin announced a temporary freeze on training exercises.

A senior officer would lead an investigative team examining the "incident", the army said, without giving any further indication of the cause of the crash.

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