Israeli Air Force servicemen and one Romanian soldier were reported dead
on Monday in a helicopter crash in Romania in one of the worst aviation
accidents in Israeli history. The deaths were reported by Romanian
The Sikorsky CH53 helicopter – called Yasour by the
IAF – was participating in the Blue Sky 2010 joint search-and-rescue
exercise in central Romania. According to initial findings, the crash
appeared to be the result of a malfunction in the tail of the helicopter
which crashed, according to Romanian sources, near the town of Fundata.