Ido Nehushtan IAF commander 248 88.
(photo credit: Channel 2)
Israel Air Force Sikorsky CH- 53 transport helicopters will return to Romania
for training next summer, the IAF announced on Monday after holding a memorial
service for the six Israeli airmen who were killed in a helicopter crash there
On Monday, IAF chief Maj.- Gen. Ido Nehushtan led a service
together with his Romanian counterpart in memory of the six Israeli airmen and
one Romanian soldier who were killed when a helicopter crashed into the
Carpathian Mountains during a training exercise in Romania on July 26,
An IAF inquiry concluded that the accident was most likely the
result of human error.
“Cooperation with Romania is extremely important
to us,” Lt.-Col. Y., commander of IAF Squadron 118, said during a ceremony held
on Monday at the grave of Romanian pilot Capt. Stefan Dragnea, who died in the
accident. “Our partnership has grown since the accident and through the stories
and memories we have learned about Stefan and his family.”
the IAF sent C- 130 Hercules transport aircraft to Romania for training.
Exercises in the Carpathian Mountains, which are known for the unstable weather
as well as thick forests and high mountains, are of particular interest for the
IAF, since Israeli pilots do not get to frequently train in such terrain.