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.