Elite 669 unit to lead helicopter crash recovery efforts

July 28, 2010 09:05


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BOBOC, ROMANIA - IDF rescue and forensic teams arrived in Romania on Tuesday and were gearing up to head out to the Carpathian Mountains to recover the remains of six Israeli Air Force servicemen who were pronounced dead after they Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion transport helicopter crashed there on Monday.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion, crashed Monday during a military exercise in which crews are trained to fly at low altitudes. The joint exercises, which were due to end Thursday, were suspended after the crash.

On Tuesday, The Jerusalem Post accompanied the IDF military attaché to Romania Col. Shlomi Cohen as he climbed up the steep Carpathian mountain range in central Romania near the site of the helicopter crash. Due to the bad weather, poor visibility and tough terrain, it was impossible to get all the way to the wreckage.

On Wednesday morning, three choppers carrying search-and-rescue teams from the IAF’s elite 669 Unit and forensic experts will head out to the scene of the crash to try and recover the remains of the six IAF servicemen and Romanian soldier killed in Monday’s air disaster.

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