מציאת קסדת הטייס של רב-סרן דניאל (דני) גורי ז"ל
An airman inspects the helmet
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
An airman inspects the helmet

Hiker finds helmet of Israeli pilot who crashed in 1984

After hiker shares photo of helmet on Facebook, special Air Force investigative team confirms it belonged to pilot who crashed during training flight

Itay Blumenthal |
Published: 02.18.20 , 20:29
A hiker trekking in southern Israel found a helmet that belonged to an Israeli pilot who crashed over three decades ago during a training flight.
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  • The helmet was discovered on Saturday in the vicinity of the Paran riverbed in the Negev Desert.
    מציאת קסדת הטייס של רב-סרן דניאל (דני) גורי ז"למציאת קסדת הטייס של רב-סרן דניאל (דני) גורי ז"ל
    An airman inspects the helmet
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    The hiker who found the helmet initially posted the discovery on Facebook and showed pictures of the helmet on his account, including one that displays the pilot's name - IAF pilot Maj. Danny Gori, who died in 1984 in a training accident - written in Hebrew on the inside.
    The man left the helmet where he had found it, after which representatives of the IAF's missing persons' and investigative branch contacted him afterward to determine the exact location of the item.
    הקסדה של גורי שנמצאה היום בנחל פארןהקסדה של גורי שנמצאה היום בנחל פארן
    Gori's helmet
    After determining the authenticity of the Facebook post, a team was established to locate and return the helmet to Gori's family.
    The team included members of the elite combat search and rescue 669 unit, investigators and researchers from the IAF, and a helicopter crew, which divided the search area into sections until the helmet was found.
    דניאל גורידניאל גורי
    Maj. Danny Gori
    On May 27, 1984, Gori, who was 32 at the time, went missing during a training session with one of his students when his plane crashed. Gori and his student tried to eject from the plane prior to the crash, but did not succeed. Both Gori and his student, Ilan Rosenthal, died in the crash.
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