IAF: Apache array grounded until investigation of crash is completed

IAF Commander Amikam Norkin decided to ground the Apache helicopter array until the investigation of the crash, in which one pilot died, is completed. Today, the interim report was presented.
Maj. (res.) David Zohar Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/ Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), the conclusions of the interim investigation report of the deadly Apache helicopter crash at the Ramon Airbase earlier this month were presented to the families of the victims.

Following the report, Israeli Air Force (IAF) Commander Amikam Norkin decided that the entire Apache helicopter array will be grounded until the completion of the full report in cooperation with Boeing and the US Air Force. The IAF’s special team in charge of investigating the event confirmed the preliminary findings, according to which the pilots identified a technical failure in the steering ability of the helicopter.

The scene of the crash Photo credit: Channel 2 News

After identifying the failure, the pilots attempted to safely return the aircraft to base but crashed. According to the report, the pilots made the right decision. In addition, there is no connection between the accident and the crack that was located on the tail rotor in the helicopter 2 months ago.

Apache Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Approximately two weeks ago, the pilot’s condition improved after he was critically injured in the crash. His parents thanked the medical team.



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