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Pilot killed in Israeli Air Force F-16I crash

October 6, 2016 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An Israel Air Force pilot was killed during a crash landing of an F-16 fighter jet in southern Israel on Wednesday evening. The aircraft's navigator ejected from the plane and escaped without injury.

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The rear of IDFAF F-16D block 52 #119 after the mishap at Ramon AFB on October 6th, 2016.

During touchdown the engine caught fire and the crew ejected, the rear pilot (navigator) survived the ejection but the pilot didn't.

F-16I #119, which was landing at Ramon air force base in the Negev, caught fire when returning from operational activity in the Gaza strip.

The pilot was identified as Major Ohad Cohen Nov, a 34 year old deputy flight commander who lived at the Ramon air force base.

This is the fourth IAF F-16 crash since 2009, the previous three accounting for three fatalities.


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Additional images:

IDFAF F-16D block 52 #441 is retarding on the NAS Fort Worth runway on September 9th, 2004. Note that the airbrakes are closed, which is very rare in a landing format. This may indicate a touch-and-go sequence. [Photo by Keith Robinson]