IAF grounds all aircraft, to end Romanian exercise early

By YAAKOV KATZ JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
July 27, 2010 08:57

ROMANIA - Brig. Gen. Nimrod Shefer, deputy commander of the IAF, told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday morning that the IAF Unit 669 search and rescue team was en route to the crash site of the Yasour helicopter which went down on Monday in Romania.

Shefer told the Post that the crew aboard the helicopter that crashed was one of the most experienced teams in the IAF. “This is one of the best crews that we could have had there. They had loads of experience,” Shefer said.

The IAF decided to ground all aircraft on Monday. “It is important that we stop and think about the families and the missing servicemen,” Shefer stated.

He also stated that the IAF has decided to end the Blue Sky 2010 joint search-and-rescue exercise with the Romanian air force on Tuesday and that the remaining participating Israeli aircraft will return to Israel on Wednesday. The exercise had been originally schedule to Friday, July 30.


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