At a military base in Israel helicopter: there are victims


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The Israeli air force has again temporarily grounded its Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter squadrons, following a 7 August crash which caused the death of a pilot.

Israel Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel has ordered an investigation into the crash.

The military launched an probe into the incident, the spokesperson said.

The military identified the pilot killed as Maj.

Though the June revelation ultimately grounded the nation's entire Apache stock, Monday's crash was a result of a malfunction in the steering system of the tail rotor blades, the official confirmed.

"A military helicopter crashed at an Israeli Air Force (IAF) base in southern Israel", she told AFP, adding that the accident happened late Monday.

The co-pilot, who was evacuated to Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center in critical condition, was reported still in serious condition in the intensive care unit on Tuesday after overnight surgery.