The evening of October 5 was allowed to publish info about that in the near Mitzpe Ramon, the plane crashed F-16 air force of the IDF.
According to the First channel ITV, the fighter returned to a military airfield after the assignment in the Gaza strip.
On approach to a military airfield for some unknown reason, the fighters on Board caught fire. The pilot and Navigator decided to eject.
Press service of the IDF reported that an F-16 pilot was killed, the Navigator suffered minor injuries. Information about the crash handed over to military families. Their names forbidden to publish.
Air force commander, Lieutenant-General of Israel Amir Eshel ordered an investigation.
The crash of the aircraft of the Israeli air force near the military airfield Ramon was the tenth such case since 1998. Here is a chronology of accidents during this period.
7 July 2013, 50 km from the coast of the Gaza strip from the F-16i off base «Hazor», the engine failed. Making sure to start the engine fails, the crew decided to eject. 16:15 the plane crashed into the water. From impact F-16 fell apart.
On the night of November 11, 2010 near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, located 80 kilometers South of Beersheba, during a training flight crashed fighter F-16i. In the crash killed major amichai Itkis (28), from SDE-Warburg, and major Emanuel levy (30), of mA’ale Adumim.
13 Sep 2009 in the area of Hebron, the plane crashed F-16, which was ruled by a Lieutenant Asaf Ramon, son of first Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Asaf Ramon was killed.
During the Second Lebanon war in the summer of 2006, an accident occurred on the F-16 aircraft, while he was performing the takeoff on the runway. The pilots, finding fault, ejected and the aircraft was stopped using a special mesh. The pilots were not injured.
In may 2005, the pilots ejected from the plane, coming in for a landing on the base of Ramat David. The reason was discovered a technical fault. The pilots were not injured.
In February 2003, another plane crashed near Janina, the pilot managed to eject.
In August 2000, the pilot was forced to leave the plane due to a fault discovered during a training flight. The pilot received minor injuries.
In March 2000, the F-16 aircraft crashed in the Mediterranean sea. During the search, was discovered the bodies of the pilots: major Yonatan begin, (son of Minister benny begin) and captain Lior Arari.
In August 1998, during a training flight crashed F-16 aircraft. The pilot ejected.
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