Israeli military helicopter crashes off country's coast, two dead

JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) - An Israeli military helicopter crashed off the coast of northern Israel during a training flight late on Monday, killing two pilots, the military said.

Policemen speak with Israelis as they hold parts of a military helicopter at the shore after it crashed off the coast of the Mediterranean near Haifa as local media said, Israel January 3, 2022. REUTERS/ Rami Shlush

A third crew member, an aerial observer, was injured and evacuated to a hospital, the military said.

The air force commanding officer opened an investigation into the crash and ordered a temporary discontinuation of training flights, as well as the use of the maritime Panther helicopter.

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Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Himani Sarkar

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