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.
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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.
בשעה 09:22 התקבל דיווח במוקד 101 של מד"א במרחב שרון על מסוק שהתרסק בשטח פתוח סמוך לשכונת קרית השרון בנתניה. חובשים ופראמדיקים של מד"א מעניקים טיפול רפואי לגבר כבן 50 במצב קשה, מחוסר הכרה. עדכון בהמשך.
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There were no injuries on the ground and there were no reported passengers.