Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israel military says helicopter crashes, killing 1 pilot

Israel military says helicopter crashes, killing 1 pilot

Shortly before 9:00 p.m., the pilot reported that the helicopter was experiencing some type of problem during a flight in the Ramon Air Base in the Negev desert.

With the choppers grounded until further notice, representatives from Boeing, the chopper's manufacturer, are expected to join the inspection. The entire fleet of Apache helicopters has been grounded until the investigation is completed. According to one rumor that was making the rounds on Israel's WhatsApp message service, it was none other than the Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.

Liberman claimed on Twitter that the rumors were "dangerous and inhumane", and said that he would, "utilize the full force of the law against whomever started the rumors".

The military identified the identity of the deceased pilot: it was a 43-year-old major David Zohar.

The IDF spokesperson also issued a statement "that any rumors regarding the death or injury of additional commanders in the incident are not accurate".

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