Summary report: The crash of the bat helicopter in front of Haifa - following a maintenance failure
In the fatal accident that occurred at the beginning of the year, Air Force pilots Lt. Col. Erez Shahayani and Major Chen Fogel were killed.
An Air Force inspection revealed that the failure was due to a technical fault unknown to the manufacturer and the military, and first appeared in engines as a result of a rare outline of corrosion damage.
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Sunday, 03 July 2022, 19:23 Updated: 19:39
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In the video: Findings of the second interim report on the "Bat" helicopter accident (Photo: IDF Spokesman)
The IDF published today (Sunday) the findings of the report concluding on the crash of the bat helicopter off the coast of Haifa at the beginning of the year, which shows that a maintenance failure caused the aircraft to be damaged. Air Force pilots Lt.
Col. The incident indicates that the crew will operate a complex emergency for one minute and 57 seconds until the water hits, due to an internal failure that developed in the left engine, which later caused a fire to ignite and smoke to enter the crew compartment and the fire spread to the right engine as a result. The intensity of the impact on the water left the pilots unconscious and as a result drowned.
The findings of the concluding report indicate that the failure was due to a technical fault unknown to the manufacturer and the Air Force, and first appeared in these engines as a result of a rare outline of hot corrosion damage to an internal component in the engine (stator). Turbine in this mechanism, is the only case in the world in this type and series of engines.
Lt. Col. Shachini (Photo: IDF Spokesman)
Major Fogel (Photo: IDF Spokesman)
Air Force Commander Tomer Barr accepted the findings and conclusions of the expert team's investigation and noted that "this is an unrecognized technical malfunction, which appears for the first time in the world in these engines as a result of a rare outline of hot corrosion damage. And will do everything in his power to prevent the next accident. "
He said, "This is a tragic and painful accident, in which we lost two of our best sons, who contributed greatly to the Air Force and the security of the State of Israel. The Air Force will continue to embrace and accompany the families who are an integral part of the Air Force family. The late N. Chen Fogel.
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Interim report: Corrosion in the engine caused the bat helicopter to crash off the coast of Haifa
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