IAF says military helicopter went down without warning, sank after crashing

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IAF says military helicopter went down without warning, sank after crashing
‘It disappeared from screen’: Brig. Gen. Amir Lazar says 2 pilots killed in sudden crash were recovered by divers in a complex operation
By Judah Ari Gross and TOI staff

The military helicopter that crashed off northern Israel’s coast on Monday night, killing two pilots, disappeared suddenly and without warning, an Israeli Air Force officer said. The helicopter crashed off Haifa’s coast during a training flight. The aircraft’s two pilots died in the accident, and a naval officer who was also onboard survived as he was able to escape the helicopter after it went down, IAF Brig. Gen. Amir Lazar told reporters in a phone briefing in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning.

“This is a difficult and painful accident,” he said. The pilots were recovered from the cockpit after the helicopter sank beneath the waves in a complex recovery operation carried out in darkness. First responders attempted life-saving resuscitation efforts but were unable to revive the pilots, who suffered from severe hypothermia. The two were later named as Lt.-Col. Erez Sachyani and Major Chen Fogel. Their families were notified, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

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