Air Platforms

Israel lifts Apache grounding

25 October 2017

Israel has lifted a grounding order for its fleet of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters that was imposed following a fatal crash earlier this year.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on 23 October announced that it had the day before begun a “gradual return” to flight operations for its 23 remaining AH-64A 'Peten' helicopters. This decision was made after implementing recommendations made in an interim report into the 7 August accident which killed one of the two crew members and severely injured the other.

While the IAF did not disclose any of the findings of the report into the accident at Ramon Air Base, national media reported that the pilot had radioed that he was having technical difficulties with the aircraft, and that the crash was caused by a ‘steering problem’.

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