A technical failure was the probable cause of a Cobra helicopter crash earlier this month that took the lives of two Israeli pilots, according to interim investigation results released by the IAF on Thursday.
The bereaved families of pilots Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31, were brought up to date on the investigation after IAF chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel reviewed the report.
All Cobra helicopters were grounded by Eshel’s order after the accident, pending the outcome of the investigation. They remain grounded for the time being. “Investigation teams are continuing their work, until they complete their report,” the IDF said. “The IAF commander ordered the teams to use all means to clarify, in the most in- depth manner, the circumstances of the crash,” the IDF added.
The Cobra helicopter, known in Hebrew as the ‘Tzefa,’ was involved in two other air disasters in recent years.