(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
ROMANIA - The IAF decided to ground all training aircraft on Tuesday, in the wake of a fatal helicopter crash in Romania which left six IAF servicemen and one Romanian soldier dead the previous day.
RELATED:Analysis: The IAF's helicopter programBackground: After 40 years, Yasour still believed to be reliable helicopter
“It is important that
we stop and think about the families and the missing servicemen,” Brig. Gen. Nimrod Shefer, deputy commander of the IAF, told The Jerusalem Post.
He also stated that the IAF had decided to end the Blue Sky 2010 joint
search-and-rescue exercise with the Romanian air force on Tuesday and
that the remaining participating Israeli aircraft would return to Israel
The exercise had been originally schedule to Friday, July
Shefer told the Post
IAF Unit 669 search and rescue team was en route to the crash site of
the Yasour helicopter which went down on Monday.
He said that the crew aboard the helicopter that crashed was one of the
most experienced teams in the IAF. “This is one of the best crews that
we could have had there. They had loads of experience,” Shefer said.