Mon, Jul 24, 2006
Israel's air force has now appointed
a commission to investigate last week's collision between two
Apache helicopters on night operations along the border between
Israel and Lebanon.
An Air Force major was killed in the crash, and three other
airmen were seriously hurt.
We now know quite a bit more than when Aero-News first reported on the
mid-air last week. Military officials in Jerusalem say
the Apaches were flying in close formation, just inside the Israeli
border, with lights off.
Investigators say the rotor of one helo apparently made contact
with the tail of the other... bringing both Apaches down.
The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz says both pilots tried to make
emergency landings... but ended up crashing within a few hundred
yards of each other.
It was the second of two aviation-related incidents that have
occurred during the latest outbreak of fighting between Israeli
forces and Hezbollah guerillas. Wednesday... the two crew members
aboard an F-16 taking of on a bombing mission from a base in
southern Israel were forced to eject when their aircraft apparently
suffered a flat tire.
The two crewmen were okay... but the aircraft was badly
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