TRAGEDY: IDF Military Helicopter Crashes Off the Coast of Chaifa; Two Soldiers Killed



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    TRAGEDY: IDF Military Helicopter Crashes Off the Coast of Chaifa; Two Soldiers Killed

    A helicopter crashed Monday off of Chaifa’s coast in Israel’s north, with the three crew members onboard rescued and taken to hospital • Full Story

    The Times Of Israel

    A military helicopter crashed off the coast of northern Israel on Monday night, officials said.

    At least one of the three crew members was recovered and taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center for treatment with moderate injuries.

    The hospital said he was being treated in its shock ward and would then be moved to its intensive care unit for further care.

    Search-and-rescue teams from the Israel Defense Forces’ Unit 669 were working to rescue the other two, the military said.

    Their conditions were not immediately known. Rescuers hoped to reach them quickly, as they were at risk of hypothermia in the frigid waters.

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    The Israeli Air Force helicopter went down just off the coast of the port city of Haifa.

    Video footage taken just after the crash, which was quickly shared on social media, showed flaming wreckage not far off the coast.

    Additional videos showed that flares were launched over the area to assist search-and-rescue teams.

    The helicopter that crashed was a Eurocopter AS565 Panther, known by the IAF as an “Atalef,” or bat. The aircraft is used primarily for missions at sea as it is capable of landing on Israeli Navy missile ships, specifically Sa’ar-5 class models.

    According to the military, the helicopter was taking part in a training exercise when it went down.

    The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

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