Man killed in civilian helicopter crash near Netanya

Omer Lerer, 64, an experienced pilot who flew for El Al, dies when aircraft comes down in field; investigators probing whether he hit power cable

The scene of a helicopter crash near Netanya, April 4, 2023 (Magen David Adom)
The scene of a helicopter crash near Netanya, April 4, 2023 (Magen David Adom)

A 64-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning in a helicopter crash near the coastal city of Netanya.

He was later named as Omer Lerer, a father of four from the northern moshav Beit Hanania.

Lerer was an experienced pilot and had flown the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for El Al.

One of his children is on a pilot’s course in the air force, while the youngest is still in high school.

It was unclear what had caused the aircraft to come down in a field near Kfar Netter.

According to the Ynet news site, investigators were examining whether the aircraft had hit a power cable.

The report said the helicopter was a civilian aircraft operated by the Chim-Nir Aviation company out of Herzliya Airport.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and declared the man’s death.

There were no injuries on the ground and there were no reported passengers.

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