IAF returns helicopter to service after crash probe

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April 20, 2013 20:34

The Israel Air Force announced the return of its fleet of Cobra combat helicopters to service on Friday following the completion of an investigation into what caused a deadly March crash.

Reserve pilots Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31, were killed when their aircraft crashed near Gadera, leading IAF chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel to ground the choppers.

Air force investigators said a break in the tail rotor of the aircraft caused the accident. The investigation was led by an IAF colonel who can only be identified as N.

The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes, on schedule.

There was no distress call prior to the accident.

The investigation ruled out pilot error or the aircraft's age as causes.


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