Mobileye CEO injured in helicopter crash

Mobileye CEO and founder Amnon Shashua was lightly injured on Sunday morning after the helicopter he was flying crashed into a field in the Sharon region. 

Prof. Amnon Shashua, President and CEO, Mobileye, Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation (photo credit: JONATHAN HOFFNER)
Prof. Amnon Shashua, President and CEO, Mobileye, Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation
(photo credit: JONATHAN HOFFNER)

Mobileye CEO and founder Amnon Shashua was lightly injured on Sunday morning after the helicopter he was flying crashed near Yakum, a kibbutz in the central coastal plain.

Along with Shashua, who is training to be a helicopter pilot, two other people were in the helicopter but did not need medical treatment.

The accident happened during takeoff, and the helicopter overturned on its side due to strong winds. A Magen David Adom team treated Shashua on site. He was then evacuated by helicopter to Herzliya.

OrCam co-founders Prof. Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram. (credit: ORCAM)OrCam co-founders Prof. Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram. (credit: ORCAM)

“It happened during my second solo flight,” Shashua said. “One of the landing skis got stuck in the mud and the helicopter overturned. I was not physically injured,” he said.

Shashua, 55, founded Mobileye 22 years ago, together with Ziv Aviram. The company is engaged in the development, production and marketing of advanced driver-assistance systems. In 2017, the company was sold to Intel for $15.3 billion, the largest deal in the history of the Israeli economy.