World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

1997 Israeli helicopter disaster

1997 Israeli helicopter disaster
An IDF/AF CH-53 Ysur 2000 similar to the aircraft that collided
Accident summary
Date February 4, 1997 (1997-02-04)
Summary Mid-air collision
Site She'ar Yashuv in northern Israel
Total fatalities 73
Total survivors 0
First aircraft
Type Sikorsky S-65C-3 Yas'ur 2000
Operator Israeli Air Force
Registration 357
Fatalities 37
Survivors 0
Second aircraft
Type Sikorsky S-65C-3 Yas'ur 2000
Operator Israeli Air Force
Registration 903
Fatalities 36
Survivors 0
Monument for the 73 soldiers killed in the collision.

The 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster occurred on 4 February 1997. 73 Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed when two Sikorsky S-65C-3 Yas'ur 2000 helicopters, 357 and 903, collided over She'ar Yashuv in northern Israel. The helicopters were supposed to have crossed the border into Israel's "security zone" in Lebanon, but were hovering while waiting for official clearance to go. Previously Israel had moved troops by ground, but this policy was changed as the threat of roadside bombs from Hezbollah increased.[1]

Bodies were brought to the Reading Funeral Home in North Tel Aviv, where identifications were made.

The crash brought about widespread national grieving. 6 February, was declared an official day of mourning, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Ezer Weizman attended funerals and visited the grieving families. In addition, thousands of Israelis went to pray at the Western Wall and assemblies were held at schools nationwide.

A commission headed by David Ivry was set up to investigate the cause of the collision, the deadliest air disaster in Israeli history. The committee finished its investigation in mid-April of the same year. It had been unable to find the definite cause of the mid-air collision, noting that the pilots appeared in good health and that no external causes could be found.

See also

References

  • Segal, Naomi. "Pilot error may be cause of horrific helicopter crash", Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 14 February 1997. Accessed 11 June 2006.
  • Segal, Naomi. "Discipline recommended in copter crash that killed 73", Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 25 April 1997. Accessed 11 June 2006.
  1. ^ Eisenberg, Laura Zittrain (September 1997). "Israel's Lebanon Policy".  

External links

  • "Military helicopters collide in Israel, killing scores", CNN, 4 February 1997. Accessed 11 June 2006.
  • " The Israeli Helicopter Crash- Reactions in Lebanon", News at Lebanon, 5 February 1997. Accessed 11 June 2006.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.