Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Israeli pilot and crew forced to eject at 300kph

    An Israeli Air Force F-16 jet (Photo: Flash 90)
    An Israeli Air Force F-16 jet (Photo: Flash 90)

    An Israeli Air Force pilot and his navigator were forced to eject as their fighter jet touched down at 300kph due to a technical problem that could have caused the plane to crash.

    The F-16 plane had been on a routine training flight on Wednesday and was coming in to land at the Ramat David air base in northern Israel when the crew noticed a potentially fatal malfunction. The crew reported this to mission control and ejected just seconds after the plane touched the ground, Israeli news outlet Ynet reported.

    The plane eventually veered off the runway and came to a stop. It is currently being inspected by Air Force technicians and all F-16 fighter jets have been grounded until source of the malfunction is known.

    "The airmen did the right thing,” an IAF source told Ynet. “They followed protocol. The jet could have flipped over and they could have been killed had they insisted on sticking to the landing."

    The F-16 is a US made fighter jet first produced in the 1970s and serves in the air forces of 25 countries worldwide. Each plane is worth upwards of $30 million.

Analysis

Israel-Daesh clash is tip of iceberg

John R Bradley

Israel-Daesh clash is tip of iceberg
Israel

Meet the rabbi that's making waves

Tim Marshall

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meet the rabbi that's making waves
Israel

Tens of thousands evacuated as bush fires rage ...

JC Reporter

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tens of thousands evacuated as bush fires rage ...
Israel

Israel on fire: Counting cost of a nationwide i...

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israel on fire: Counting cost of a nationwide i...
Israel

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk

Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk
Israel

New cases for the Negev's genetic detective

Nathan Jeffay

New cases for the Negev's genetic detective
Israel

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...

Orlando Radice

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...
Israel

Arabs and Palestinians around the world celebra...

JC Reporter

Friday, November 25, 2016

Arabs and Palestinians around the world celebra...
Israel

Bibi faces probe over subs deal

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bibi faces probe over subs deal