Two Israel Defense Forces pilots died on Monday night when their military helicopter crashed off the coast of northern Israel.
A third crew member was recovered and taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center for treatment with moderate injuries. The hospital said he was in stable condition, being treated in its shock ward and would then be moved to its intensive care unit for further treatment.
IDF search-and-rescue teams pulled the other two crew members from the water and carried out resuscitation efforts but were unable to revive them.
LTC Erez Sachyani, Dep. Commander of Ezer Weizman Ramat David Airbase, age 38, married & father of 3.
Maj. Chen Fogel, helicopter pilot in the 193rd Squadron, age 27.
They are the 2 pilots killed in the helicopter crash near Haifa last night.
May their memories be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/MSVwLVnmPm
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 4, 2022
The two were later named as Lt. Col. Erez Sachyani and Maj. Chen Fogel. Their families have been notified, the IDF said in a statement.
Sachyani, 38, a father of three, served as the deputy commander of the Ramat David Air Base. Fogel, 27, served as a pilot and deputy commander in the 193rd Squadron, which operates out of Ramat David. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of major from captain, the military said.
The IDF said the survivor was a naval patrol officer. The type of helicopter that crashed is usually crewed by a pilot, a co-pilot and a naval officer.
The helicopter went down in the Mediterranean Sea just off the port city of Haifa. The crash happened close enough to the coast for city residents to see flames from the shore and call it in to police.
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