Daily Israel Report

Chief of Staff’s Helicopter Evacuates Injured Soldier

A soldier who suffered moderate wounds in a training exercise Sunday was evacuated by the helicopter of the Chief of Staff.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/16/2012, 2:01 PM

Helicopter evacuation (illustrative)
Helicopter evacuation (illustrative)
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A soldier who suffered moderate wounds in a training exercise Sunday was evacuated by the helicopter of the Chief of Staff, who had been in the area moments before.

The unidentified soldier was wounded by ricochet from a bullet or shrapnel in a paratroopers drill in the Jordan Valley approximately 15 minutes after IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz took off from the area.

Having been informed of the training accident, the Chief of Staff ordered his pilot to turn back rather than make the wounded soldier wait for the helicopter rescue unit to arrive.

The soldier was then evacuated in Lt. Gen. Gantz’s personal helicopter to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

The Chief of Staff personally accompanied the soldier to the hospital until doctors treated him.

He also ordered an immediate investigation of the incident so that the live-fire training exercise can continue Sunday night.