Israel grounds Apaches after fatal accident

Major David 'Dudi' Zohar 43 of Haifa was killed in a helicopter crash at a base in southern Israel

Major David 'Dudi' Zohar 43 of Haifa was killed in a helicopter crash at a base in southern Israel

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This is the second occurrence within a week of technical failures forcing pilots of the troubled Apache helicopter to make emergency landings, the Times of Israel reported.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took to twitter to announce action against the rumors on Whatsapp that Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot had died in the Apache helicopter crash on Monday.

To his complete command of the air force imposed a ban on all flights of military helicopters.

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The military launched an probe into the incident, the spokesperson said.

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

According to Israeli media reports, the Apaches were previously grounded after a large crack was discovered in the rotor blade of one.

"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.

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