In an unusual move, the IDF spokesperson issued a statement clarifying that the claims were false and "that any rumors regarding the death or injury of additional commanders in the incident are not accurate". -Gen. Ronen Manelis at around 9 P.M.an A-model Apache helicopter from the Magic Touch Squadron was returning from a training exercise when it alerted the tower at Ramon Airbase that it was experiencing a technical malfunction. The co-pilot was airlifted to the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.
Golans uncle also reportedly died in a helicopter accident while serving in the IDF.
In the aftermath, one of the first questions raised was whether it was caused by the same rotor problem that grounded the army's fleet of four dozen Apache helicopters earlier this summer. Representatives from Boeing are also arriving to inspect the helicopters. After the discovery, Israeli Air Force chief Maj.
On Monday night, Eshel again grounded the entire Apache fleet, which provide close air support for ground troops, while other types of helicopters are used for troop movement and supply transportation.
The military identified the identity of the deceased pilot: it was a 43-year-old major David Zohar. The pilot was not injured and the helicopter suffered no damage and returned to base a few hours later.