IAF returns helicopters to service after crash probe

April 19, 2013 11:09

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.

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