זירת התרסקות המסוק בחיפה
Searches for wreckage of chopper crash along Haifa's shore on Tuesday
Photo: Eitan Glikman
Major Chen Fogel and Lt.-Col. Erez Sachyani who were killed when their chopper crashed off the cost of Haifa on Monday

IDF names pilots killed in helicopter crash off Haifa coast

Lt.-Col. Erez Sachyani and Maj. Chen Fogel killed when Eurocopter AS565 Panther crashed as it returns from a training mission out over the Mediterranean; military spokesperson says early investigation indicates no foul play

Yoav Zitun, Eitan Glickman |
Published: 01.04.22, 08:14
Lt.-Col. Erez Sachyani and Major Chen Fogel were identified on Tuesday as the pilots killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of Haifa late Monday.
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  • Sachyani (38) served as deputy commander of the Ramat David airbase in northern Israel. He was married and a father of three.
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    Major Chen Fogel and Lt.-Col. Erez Sachyani who were killed when their chopper crashed off the cost of Haifa on Monday
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    Fogel (27) was a helicopter pilot and Deputy Commander of the 193 Squadron at Ramat David. He was posthumously promoted from Captain to Major.
    "The aircrew were rescued by Yaltam, Unit 669, Marine Police and Shayetet 13 troops, who administered first aid at the scene. After extensive resuscitation efforts, the two pilots were declared dead," the military said in a statement.
    The victim’s families have been notified. The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and will continue to support them.
    A third officer, a member of the navy was wounded in the crash and was recovering in stable condition, at the Rambam Health Care Campus.
    Trauma doctor Hany Bahouth said the officer was conscious, suffering from a fractured spine. "His neurological condition was satisfactory, and we expect to release him from the intensive care unit later in the day to complete his treatment in a regular ward," he said.
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    Searches for wreckage of chopper crash along Haifa's shore on Tuesday
    (Photo: Eitan Glikman)
    Searches continued for wreckage from the crash along the cost on Tuesday, in order to understand the cause of the crash.
    IDF spokesperson said all avenues were being considered but there was no indication that the crash was caused by foul play.
    Searches continued for wreckage along the coast.
    The helicopter was conducting a training flight when it crashed. A third crew member, an aerial observer, was moderately injured and evacuated to a hospital.
    "After extensive resuscitation efforts, the two pilots were declared dead," the IDF spokesperson said in a statement.
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    Navy ships at the site of the helicopter crash off the coast of Haifa on Monday
    (Photo: Gil Nechushtan)
    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the dead pilots were the best of Israel's sons.
    "This is a very sad time. In the name of all citizens I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the families of the crash victims and a speedy recovery to the wounded officer," Bennett said. "The people of Israel will not forget the sacrifice they made, day and night, to the security of the country," he said.
    The helicopter — a Eurocopter AS565 Panther, or "Atalef" (Hebrew for bat) as it is known by the Israeli Air Force — was taking part in a training exercise when it went down, according to the military.
    Air Force chief Amiram Sorkin, ordered the immediate suspension of all training flights and the use of helicopters from the same array of the doomed aircraft.
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    Eurocopter AS565 Panther
    (Photo: Gil Nechushtan)
    "The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and will continue to support them," the statement said.
    The helicopter — a Eurocopter AS565 Panther, or "Atalef" (Hebrew for bat) as it is known by the Israeli Air Force — was taking part in a training exercise when it went down, according to the military.
    Such aircraft had been in use by the navy for some 25 years.
    Air Force chief Gen. Amikam Norkin, ordered the immediate suspension of all training flights and the use of helicopters from the same array of the doomed aircraft.
    "The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and will continue to support them," the statement said.

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