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Major David Zahar Identified as Reservist Pilot Killed in Chopper Accident

09 August 2017

The Israeli air force has again temporarily grounded its Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter squadrons, following a 7 August crash which caused the death of a pilot.

"A military helicopter crashed at an Israeli Air Force (IAF) base in southern Israel", she told AFP.

The fleet had been grounded in June after a crack was discovered in the rotor blade of one helicopter.

Zohar was killed. His co-pilot, a lieutenant on active duty, was critically wounded.

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"The levayah for David Zohar, z" l, the IDF pilot who was killed in the accident, was set for Tuesday evening in his hometown of Haifa.

"I can say that, from what we have seen at the crash site, if it was related to the rear rotor blades, then they would not be intact like they were", he insisted to the Post.

The media reports said that Monday's crash occurred at the end of a training flight which was part of a program to gradually return the Apaches to service.

As the AH-64A "Peten" approached Ramon air base, its pilot reported a technical problem.

Major David Zahar Identified as Reservist Pilot Killed in Chopper Accident