Israel’s occupation forces’ United States -made Boeing Apache AH-64 attack helicopter has crashed during a training flight in Palestine 1948’s Negev late on Monday evening.
The attack helicopter, of type used in recent wars against Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip and Lebanon in 2006, came down near landing pad in Ramon air base after the crew reported ‘an engine malfunction’.
Of the two pilot crew, a reserve major was killed and a first lieutenant was injured and evacuated to a hospital in ethnically cleansed Beersheba. His condition is described as ‘serious’.
Israel’s occupation forces Apache helicopter gunships had been grounded in June after cracks were found in rotor blades; the helicopters had restarted flights in July.
The Boeing Apache AH-64 made its maiden flight in 1975 and entered service in 1986. United States has sold at least 48 AH-64/A and AH-64/D variants to Israel since 1990.
PHOTO: Israel’s occupation forces Boeing Apache AH-64/A fires flares during ‘demonstration flight’ on Dec 26th 2013 by Nir Ben-Yosef via @TheAviationist.