IDF probe: Helicopter rescue in which man died resulted from human error

April 24, 2009 12:24

The results of an IDF inquiry released Friday found that an airborne accident that led to the death of a man who fell as he was being evacuated by helicopter in March was the result of human error. The incident happened on March 11 2009, when Ala Muhammad, 24, from Wadi Ara, went on a hike with several friends near Beit She'an. Muhammad mistakenly entered a minefield and was seriously injured in the legs after he set one off. A team from the IAF's elite Unit 669 Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit arrived at the scene to evacuate him. The army probe found that equipment malfunction was not a contributing factor in the botched rescue, but stated that no one would be prosecuted regarding the incident. Yaakov Katz contributed to this report

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