F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Israel's F-16 crashes during training

July 31, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-16 jet fighter of the Israeli Air Force (IAF)crashed in southern Israel on Tuesday and the pilot managed to eject himself to safety.

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After a warning notified to the pilot that there was a problem with the engine, the pilot was forced to eject during a regular training flight just south of Hatzerim Airbase, which is located north of the city of Beer Shava.

The pilot was transferred to Tel Hashomer Hospital in Beer Shava for a routine check-up after being rescued.

IAF Commander Maj-Gen. Dan Halutz has appointed a committee to investigate the accident.