An unusual event in the north: A bat-type naval military helicopter crashed this evening (Monday) off the coast of Haifa, very close to the beach in front of the Marine Research Center in Bat Galim, and hit the water with great force. The helicopter that crashed had three crew members and it floated above the water thanks to the buoyancy mechanism built into it.
Many rescue forces arrived at the scene of the crash and launched rescue operations. One crew member was rescued in good condition and was taken to Rambam Hospital, where we were informed that his condition was fair. Two other crew members who were missing are now being rescued from the water with the help of 669 and other forces.
An IDF spokesman said the accident happened around 9:00 PM, when a naval helicopter taking off from Ramat David base for training collided with the sea on its way back from training towards land. The crash occurred when the helicopter was flying east at a low speed, very close to shore.
Documentation from the moment the helicopter fell off the coast of Haifa pic.twitter.com/p37zE8agk5– Walla! (@WallaNews) January 3, 2022
The “bat” helicopter that crashed is a naval helicopter known as the “Eyes of the Navy in the Air” and is part of the “Defenders of the West” Squadron. One of the squadron’s commanders in the past said that the Bat helicopter’s mission is to reveal naval targets, with the help of advanced radars and observation capabilities that allow the Navy to build a “naval image”. .
“I am the eyes of the missile ships to the far horizon, to where they do not see,” the same commander explained. “I find all the targets in hundreds of miles that are close to me, broadcast them to the ships and that way they know who is at sea, who should be attacked and who should not and together we control the maritime arena that is close to the shores of Israel.”
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