Navy helicopter crashes off Israeli coast; 2 pilots killed

JERUSALEM — Two Israeli pilots were killed when a navy helicopter crashed off Israel’s Mediterranean coast late Monday near the northern city of Haifa, the Israeli military announced.

The helicopter was conducting a training flight when it crashed. The military stated that an additional crew member, an air observer, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to hospital. “After extensive resuscitation efforts, the two pilots were declared dead.”

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The chief of the Israeli Air Force has ordered immediate suspension of all training flights and the use of helicopters from the same array of the doomed aircraft.

The families of the pilots have been notified. The statement stated that the IDF had sent its condolences and would continue to support the pilots’ families.

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