Two Israeli pilots killed in helicopter crash

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli Air Force (IAF) "Cobra" attack helicopter crashed in the early hours Tuesday morning during a training flight, killing its two pilots.

An eyewitness saw the helicopter crash into a wheat field near Kibbutz Revadim and called emergency services. The pilots, experienced reservists on a routine flight, had not reported any problems.

IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel immediately launched an investigation into the incident.

This was the third aerial accident for the IAF over the past year. In January 2012, two pilots had to be rescued following technical difficulties that prevented them from safely landing their F-16 fighter jet. That same month, another F-16 sustained severe damage during takeoff.

The last "Cobra" accident occurred in 2008, when one of the helicopters crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, pulling its two pilots to their deaths.

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