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Details about the IAF helicopter crash in Romania have come to light
following an investigation on Tuesday, Channel 2 reported.
Teams of forensic experts and members of the IDF
rabbinate arrived at the scene of the crash, to collect and identify the
remains of the IAF servicemen.
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aBackground: Yasour believed reliable
According to Channel 2, two
helicopters reportedly flew into a cloud. The captain of the first
helicopter told IDF investigators that he directed the second to
distance itself in order to avoid a collision. Subsequently, the second
helicopter flew into a mountain.
IDF reportedly says the crash was caused
by the inclement weather, and
not a technical problem. Training exercises will continue in Romania,
with the same helicopters.
It is still unclear what happened in
the cockpit of the Yasour helicopter, which has a warning system in the
helicopters that is meant to prevent crashing into mountains. IDF is
still investigating the circumstances, specifically checking if the
warning system worked and if did not work quickly enough.Netanyahu: "The heroes fell from on high"
Also on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the helicopter disaster, speaking during a graduation ceremony at the National Security College on Tuesday.
"The disaster is large," he said. "This is a difficult day for all of Israel. We are choked up today hearing about how the heroes fell from on high, and how the vessels of war fell to the earth."
"The Jewish people tremble for the best of its sons that were on an important mission for IDF and the state," Netanyahu said.
Romanian authorities on Tuesday declared dead the entire crew of the IAF Yasour helicopter which crashed in Romania on Monday. Six IAF servicemen and one Romanian soldier were aboard the aircraft.
Tuesday, the IDF released the names of the six Israelis involved
in the crash: Lt. Col (Res.) Avner Goldman, 48, from Modi'in; Lt. Col.
Daniel Shipenbauer, 43, from Moshav Kidron; Maj. Yahel Keshet, 33, from
Hatzerim; Maj. Lior Shai, 28, from Tel-Nof; Lt. Nir Lakrif, 25, from
Tel- Nof; and Staff Sergeant Oren Cohen, 24, from Rehovot