14. the 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster: before a “mission accomplished.”


Ashkenazi Chief participated in the memorial service to mark national 14 years to 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster, which claimed the lives of 73 of the IDF on the end of his term, said Lieutenant General Ashkenazi: ‘ I will carry with me the new way also the memory of our sons and daughters have been down that road. “

תאריך: 09/02/2011, 12:17    
מחבר: מערכת אתר צה”ל

The State memorial ceremony marking 14 years to 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster which took
The lives of 73 of the IDF, was held tonight (Wednesday) in the presence of Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, Chief of staff and head of the IDF personnel Directorate, Maj. Gen. avi Zamir.

On February 4, 1997, just a few minutes after 7 p.m., helicopters hit two “Yasur” that led soldiers to the IDF outposts in Lebanon and flew in lights out for crossing the border. All 73 soldiers were killed when two helicopters. Most of the victims were
Combat soldiers from the Golani Brigade, and Noah. You were also staff members of two helicopters.

The collision occurred over she’ar yashuv seat, about 7 km east of Kiryat Shmona. One of the helicopters crashed in she’ar yashuv into structure of rooms for rent, stood empty. The second chopper crashed in open ground near Kibbutz Dafna. ה”יסעורים” burned in the field for many hours and much ammunition explosion not allowed rescue teams to the spot.

Tonight, at the memory, said Chief Ashkenazi “Mission for which our soldiers went before. Through the peace prevailing in the North continue to blow winds of uncertainty and that we baimot our clarity required for courage, wisdom, determination
And believing in the righteousness of way with them will always remain in memory of 73, our friends, our brothers, martyrs and 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster. “

Lieutenant General Ashkenazi added that “several days to finish term as Commander in Chief and the experiences and memories, I will carry with me the new way also the memory of our sons and daughters have been down that road.”


Translated from Hebrew