An Israeli army spokesman said that the possibility that the downing of the military helicopter yesterday evening was caused by a cyber attack seems “very small and incorrect”, but that it is “too early” to rule out that completely.
Ran Kochav added, today, Tuesday, during an interview with Radio 103FM: “We are examining all options, but I do not think that this was a hostile operation and this is the direction that will turn out to be true. There were many reports yesterday, most of which are not true and too early.”
Kochav stressed that “practically, we do not yet know the answer to the question” about the cause of the crash, “and we are at the beginning of the investigation and all directions are open to us.”
He added, “I also saw reports of seeing a fireball, which may indicate a technical malfunction in the engine or something else. But I do not know the answer for certain on these matters. They hit the water without prior notification to the communication device,” noting that the pilots could not From launching a distress call.
While the investigation into the causes of the helicopter crash continues, the commander of the Home Front Command in the Israeli army, Uri Gordin, signed a military order preventing citizens from entering the area where the helicopter crashed on the Haifa beach.
The Israeli army said that security forces are present in the area extensively in search of the wreckage of the helicopter, while Kochav stated that it is not yet clear whether the helicopter crash was caused by a technical glitch or human error.
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Zvi Tesler, the former commander of the helicopter squadron that crashed yesterday, told the same radio that flying over the sea at night is a complicated process, but added that “there may be a technical factor, but the possibility that a pilot may not see the surface of the water is completely uncommon and is forbidden to happen.” “.
It is noteworthy that an officer who was in the helicopter is the only survivor in the aftermath of the crash, after he managed to eject from it. This officer was transferred to Rambam Hospital, and the Israeli army hopes to be able to find out the causes of the helicopter crash after the surviving officer was able to recount what happened.
Source: Israeli media