Two Israeli Pilots Killed in Helicopter Crash Off Haifa Coast

Two Israeli pilots died after an Israeli Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of the northern Israel city of Haifa on Monday night, Israeli military announced.

A third crew member was recovered and taken to a medical center for treatment with moderate injuries.

The hospital said he was in stable condition, being treated in its shock ward and would then be moved to its intensive care unit for further treatment.

Israeli search-and-rescue teams pulled the other two crew members from the water and carried out resuscitation efforts but were unable to revive them.

The two were later named as Lt.-Col. Erez Sachyani and Major Chen Fogel. Their families have been notified, the IDF said in a statement.

The military said the survivor was a naval patrol officer. The type of helicopter that crashed is usually crewed by a pilot, a co-pilot and a naval officer.

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