On video: a helicopter crashed in an open area in the Netanya area;
50-year-old seriously injured (MDA)
Omer Lerer, 63, from Beit Hanania, is the pilot who was killed this morning (Tuesday) in a helicopter crash in an open area near Netanya.
Omar has more than 40 years of experience in the field of civil aviation and flies in the Air Force, El Al Wisraair.
He is married to Enbal and has four children.
In 2012, Omar survived a light plane crash in an open field near the Beit Hanania settlement where he lives.
His close friend Aviv Kadshai, who is also a pilot, immediately left for the scene from the Afula area on a similar helicopter.
"Kimnir's Robinson 44 model helicopter was lying on its side in a wheat field near a crossroads near a high voltage line. I saw a torn upper wire of a high voltage. A wire was partially coiled," he said.
He added that Omar was a very experienced pilot, "he is the last one that should have happened to him".
The civilian helicopter in which Lerer was flying crashed in an open area near the Kiryat Hasharon neighborhood in Netanya.
The MDA teams that arrived at the scene gave him medical treatment and pronounced him dead on the spot. The police opened an investigation into the circumstances of the crash and an air accident investigator was also summoned. The MDA medics said: "When we arrived we saw the helicopter that had crashed. We rescued an unconscious man from it with a severe multi-system injury Very much. We performed medical tests, he was without signs of life and we had to pronounce him dead on the spot."
The pilot who was killed, Omer Lerer (photo: courtesy of the family)
The Israeli Pilots' Union issued a statement after his death: "Impressive grief fell upon us. Our dear friend, Omer Lerer, an El Al pilot, died today in a civil helicopter accident. Our hearts go out to his dear family. Omer, from Moshav Beit Hanania, was a charming and pleasant man, a man Aviation in every inch of his limbs, who flew countless different aircraft, was a role model and inspiration.
Omar left us too soon and prematurely.
Of blessed memory".
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A 50-year-old man was killed in a helicopter crash in an open area near Netanya
The helicopter that overturned in 2012 (Photo: Shlomi Gabai)
In 2012, Omar was flying a light plane, Piper A3, and had to make an emergency landing in a field near Moshav Beit Hanania, near Or Akiva.
After landing, the plane overturned, but he and the passenger were not injured.
During the flight, Omar noticed a technical fault in the engine and decided to make an emergency landing.
He managed to land the plane in an open area near the seat.
After landing, before its final stop, the plane's wheels got tangled in the tall vegetation in the field, and as a result it overturned.
The two rescued themselves and did not need medical treatment.
After the incident 11 years ago, he told Walla!
Because he is "very happy that it ended this way".
and added that he did not know what was the cause of the malfunction.
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