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  • IAF Grounds Cobras
    Posted by Robert Wall 10:22 AM on Sep 11, 2008

    The Israeli Air Force has temporarily grounded its fleet of Cobra attack helicopters.

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    (credit: IAF)

    The move comes after a fatal crash of one of the rotorcraft yesterday evening, during which both the pilot and copilot died.

    The helicopter was on a routine training mission when it crashed near Kibbutz Genegar, according to a statement issued by the Israel Defense Forces. The helo was operating from the Ramat David air force base near Haifa. The accident occurred about 10 min. after takeoff.

    IAF chief Maj. Gen. Ido Nechustan ordered an accident investigation into the crash and, in parallel, issued the grounding order.

    A second Cobra, flying in formation with the first, landed safely.

    The IDF has not issued anything on potential causes for the crash, although the Jerusalem Post says a technical problem is believed to be at fault.

    Tags: ar99, IAF, Cobra, Israel

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