4 killed by civilian helicopter crash off Israeli coast: report
Three British tourists and a pilot were killed on Tuesday afternoon when a civilian helicopter crashed into the waters off the coast of Netanya, a city in northern Israel, local daily Ha'aretz cited rescue workers as reporting.
The bodies were recovered by divers from the Zaka emergency services and the Magen David Adom emergency services, said the report.
Earlier report put the death doll at two. It was not immediately clear what caused the aircraft to tumble 300 meters into the sea near Sironit Beach, Xinhua reported.
Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post cited local police as reporting that they are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Upon news of the crash, the Israel Air Force immediately checked that all its aircraft were accounted for, added the report.
In late 2008, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded Israel's aviation safety standing to category two -- meaning from first-world to third-world standards, according to Ha 'aretz.
Not long after that, the Israel Airports Authority decided to allocate an unprecedented funding for a training program for flight controllers.