Israeli F-16 Crew Grounded After Targeting Errors in Gaza

By Yoni Weiss

An F-16 Falcon takes off in Ramat David airbase, northern Israel. (David Cohen/Flash90)

An F-16 fighter crew from the Ramon airbase has been grounded for three weeks following two serious incidents of strikes on incorrect targets in Gaza, Kan News reported on Monday.

According to the report, the Air Force described the incidents as “reference point errors” that occurred twice within two weeks in the same squadron.

The first strike occurred when the pilots entered the wrong reference point into the system, leading to an incorrect target being hit. Despite changes to protocols after this mishap, a few days later, during an air raid on five targets in Gaza, the crew mistyped a reference point again, resulting in another incorrect strike.

An Air Force investigation report cited several factors for the mishaps: failure to follow protocols for validating targets on the ground, negligence in typing reference points, not adhering to protocols for conducting additional inspections by the crew, and a failure to adapt to new procedures after the first error.

The Air Force emphasized that no damage was caused and no one was hurt in either incident.

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