Officer, NCO penalized for Iron Dome accident

January 2, 2012 01:45


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An Israeli Air Force officer and non-commissioned officer involved in an incident last week in which 20 Iron Dome interceptors fell several meters off of the back of a truck, were given light penalties on Sunday after an IAF investigation of the near disaster.

Army Radio reported that an officer with the rank of lieutenant was given 21 days of military detention and a non-commissioned officer with the rank of sergeant received 14 days.

The accident occurred after the missiles were improperly secured while being loaded onto a truck for maintenance, the IDF said.

A number of soldiers and officers were nearby, but no one was injured. The rockets are built with a safety mechanism to ensure they only explode when fired from a launcher.

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