Czech soldier who died in Sinai crash to receive posthumous medal for heroism

President Miloš Zeman will award a medal for heroism in memoriam to Sergeant Michaela Tichá, who died on Thursday in Sinai after the crash of a multinational force helicopter. She was the thirtieth Czech soldier and first woman killed while serving in a foreign mission.

The Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) helicopter was on a routine monitoring mission over Tiran Island when it crashed. The U.S.-led MFO was installed to monitor the demilitarization of the Sinai Peninsula under the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace accord.

Apart from the 27-year-old Czech sergeant, five Americans and a French national also died in the accident. One American survived but was in critical condition. The posthumous medal will be awarded to Tichá on the next Czechoslovak Independence Day holiday.

Author: Brian Kenety