IAF Pilot Killed Ejecting From F-16

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An Israeli Air Force F-16 during takeoff. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
An Israeli Air Force F-16 during takeoff. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

An Israeli Air Force pilot was killed on Wednesday when he ejected from his F-16, which had caught fire while making an approach for a landing at a base in the Negev.

The plane’s navigator also ejected, but survived with only light injuries. The cause of the incident was not immediately known.

The incident was cleared for publication on Wednesday night after the victims’ families were notified. However, the name of the pilot was not released.

According to initial reports, the plane was completely destroyed as it crashed into the ground at the Rimon air base

Air Force Commander Amir Eshel ordered an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cause of the tragedy.