Search teams encounter difficulties reaching IAF crash site

July 27, 2010 07:42

Searches were renewed Tuesday morning at the Romanian site where an Israeli military helicopter crashed Monday despite poor weather conditions and harsh terrain. The helicopter crashed in a sharp ravine Romanian officials reported. This has made it very difficult for rescue teams to reach the scene of the crash.

The Romanian authorities have declared the area surrounding the crash site a closed military zone and since the morning police and security forces have been streaming into the area. Located in the steep and narrow Carpathians mountains, the site of the crash could only be accessed by foot or by air.  Romanian officials said that due to limitations with the avionics systems on Romanian aircraft, they were not able to conduct searches at night because of the thick fog surrounding the crash site. 

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