F-16I fighter jet crashes in Southern Israel

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An Israeli Air Force pilot was killed Wednesday as he ejected from his F-16I fighter jet after taking off from the Ramon Air Force base.

The aircraft’s navigator ejected from the plane and was evacuated to hospital after sustaining light injuries.

The jet, which was landing at Ramon air force base in the Negev, caught fire when returning from operational activity. The IAF conducted multiple air strikes today on the Gaza Strip, after a rocket was fired on the Israeli town of Sderot.

Air Force commander Major General Amir Eshel appointed a team of investigators to determine the details of the incident.
The aircraft, know as the “Sufa” (“Storm”) in Hebrew, is the most advanced aircraft currently in service in the Israeli Air Force. The first of these aircraft arrived in Israel in February, 2004 and have been in service ongoingly ever since.


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