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A helicopter carrying two crewmen on a routine training flight crashed in northern Israel.

The Cobra helicopter crashed 10 minutes after takeoff Wednesday evening. Witnesses told Ynet that a propeller appeared to have detached from the helicopter, causing it to crash to the ground near Kibbutz Ginegar in the Jezreel Valley and burst into a ball of flames, igniting the ammunition it was carrying.

Rescue teams were unable to approach the crash site for a long period of time. The condition of the pilots was unknown.

The helicopter and another were flying in formation before the crash. It is unknown if the two aircraft touched.

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