Helicopter Carrying IDF Chief of Staff Makes Emergency Landing

No injuries reported, engine trouble cited ■ A similar incident took place in July, with an emergency landing at an IDF base by the same model of helicopter, also carrying the chief of staff

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IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi in Tiberias, September 29, 2020.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi in Tiberias, September 29, 2020.Credit: Gil Eliahu
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A helicopter carrying IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi made an emergency landing at a base in central Israel Sunday due to engine trouble.

The crew of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Yanshuf helicopter noticed the problem at an early stage and announced that they had to land at a nearby base. No one was injured in the incident. After landing, Kochavi continued to his destination by car. The Israel Defense Forces said the incident would be investigated.

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A similar incident took place in July, with an emergency landing at an IDF base by the same model of helicopter, also carrying the chief of staff. An Israel Air Force investigation determined that a buildup of corrosion in the engine had damaged the aircraft.

An IDF Yanshuf helicopter in 2017.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

In January, a Sikorsky CH-53 Yasur helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in an open area in Gush Etzion due to a technical problem. The IDF said at the time that a ground crew sent to the scene repaired the problem and the helicopter was returned to service immediately, landing safely at the base.

About a year ago a Yasur made an emergency landing in an open field near Kibbutz Beit Kama due to an engine fire. The helicopter was carrying 11 members of the Shaldag commando unit.

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