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The IDF reported on Wednesday that an unusual technical finding was found during a routine maintenance inspection of the Sharaf (Apache) helicopter. Following the findings, Air Force Commander Tomer Bar decided to ground the combat helicopter system until the completion of the examination of all the helicopters, "in order to rule out the possibility of a similar finding in the other helicopters in the array."
Amboo Apache (Photo: AP)
About two weeks ago, Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Tomer Bar decided to shut down the Yas'our helicopter system. This was due to a technical malfunction discovered in one of the helicopters during a routine training exercise on Tuesday night. The faulty helicopter landed at a base in central Israel, but there were no casualties in the incident.
A military official said the helicopter's malfunction was due to a lack of air supply to the engine, which subsequently overheated. "The pilots discovered the malfunction while flying over the sea, closed one engine in real time and landed with the other engine," he said. "It was decided to increase testing of all helicopters in the array. They discovered damage to the engine itself, but we don't know what caused what, so it was decided to ground until the circumstances are clarified."
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