Helicopter Crash Victims Laid to Rest

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

An airplane bearing the bodies of the six IDF (Zahal) soldiers who perished in the helicopter crash in Romania landed in Israel Friday morning (July 30)

Date: 30/07/2010, 6:03 PM    

On Friday morning (July 30), a Boeing aircraft carrying the six bodies of the personnel killed in the IAF ‘Yasur’ (CH-53) helicopter crash in Romani landed in the Tel Nof airbase.

The IAF Yasur helicopters returned Thursday night (July 29) from Romania to Israel, but the return of all troops will be completed in a gradual manner over the next few days. An IAF Boeing aircraft took off on Thursday from Israel to the IAF base in Romania, in order to bring home the coffins of the IDF (Zahal) soldiers who perished in the helicopter crash.

Some of the IDF (Zahal) personnel who died in the crash were promoted posthumously as follows: Lt. Col. Daniel Shipenbauer was promoted to the rank of Colonel; Lt. Nir Lakrif was promoted to the rank of Captain; Sergeant 1st Class Oren Cohen was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant Major.

Later today all six men will be buried in different military cemeteries located throughout Israel

The funeral of Lt. Col. (Res.) Avner Goldman will be held today (Friday) at 12:15pm in the military section of the Modi’in cemetery. The funeral of Lt. Nir Lakrif will be held today at 12:30pm in the military cemetery in Haifa. The funeral of First Sergeant Major Oren Cohen will be held today at 1:00pm in the military cemetery of Rehovot. The funeral of Maj. Yahel Keshet will be held today at 1:00pm in the Sharona cemetery. The funeral of Col. Daniel Shipenbauer will be held today at 3:00pm in the military section of the Gderot cemetery. The funeral of Maj. Lior Shai will be held today at the “Neve Hadar” military section of the Hod Hasharon cemetery.

“Today, we are bidding farewell to six of our best soldiers. They are the pride of the IAF and of the people of Israel, but to my sorrow, their loss is as great as the pride they inspired”, said IDF (Zahal) Manpower Directorate Commander, Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir, upon the return to Israel of the bodies of the Yasur helicopter crash victims.