Shaul, the brother of Air Force Pilot Dudi Zohar, who was killed in a training accident Monday evening, spoke with news media on Tuesday about his brother.
“You won’t find a better man anywhere,” Shaul said of his brother. “A wonderful family with four wonderful children. Dudi was a pilot in the reserves, and wasn’t required to go every week but nevertheless did, because it was important to him. He gave his all in everything he did. I’m sorry that you won’t get to know him, and are only now getting to know him after he is no longer with us.”
“A wonderful father, a wonderful person, a wonderful brother. We are three brothers, and he was the middle one. This is the only mission of his life in which he didn’t come out in first place.”
“We are getting a lot of support. This is a harsh blow to us and to the country,” he said.
Zohar’s family said that he had named his son after his friend Tomer Guterman, a fellow pilot who was killed in 2003.
43-year-old Dudi (David) Zohar from Haifa, an Israeli Air Force pilot on reserve duty, was killed on Monday evening when his Apache helicopter crashed during a training accident near Mitzpeh Ramon in the Negev.
A second pilot suffered very serious injuries in the crash and was taken to the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.