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F-16 Breaks Up in Mid-Air near Gaza, Pilot and Navigator Rescued

Drama off the Gaza coast: The pilot and navigator of an F-16i training jet were rescued from sea one after after their plane's engine died and broke up on Sunday.
Israel F-16 jet

Israel F-16 jet
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Israel Air Force rescue crews have brought to safety the pilot and navigator of an “F-16i” training fighter jet that  broke up off the coast of Gaza Sunday afternoon after its engines mysteriously died.

The pilot, a training instructor, and the navigator who is is training, ejected themselves safely and parachuted to the sea, approximately 30 miles off the Gaza coast. They were able to send a distress call before they ejected, and they were rescued from the sea after approximately one hour

The military had clamped a gag order over the incidents for several hours, and no additional information is available except that all F-16i and F-15i training  planes have been grounded until an investigation is completed.

The Gaza region is particularly sensitive this week because of the tension in Egypt and terrorist activity in the Sinai Peninsula, immediately south and east of Gaza.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “F-16 Breaks Up in Mid-Air near Gaza, Pilot and Navigator Rescued”

  1. Ruth Seliger says:

    Where are they made??

  2. G-D protect the IAF.

  3. Kathy Mckimm says:

    Accidents happen…….we are very pleased that the pilot and navigator did not come to any harm…….G-d bless and keep the IDF safe…..

  4. Jon Haddon says:

    May G-d bless this courageous airman and the rest of the men and women of the IDF. Please know that we are behind you completely. r. Jon Haddon

  5. absolutely !!!! Baruch Hashem they are safe. (from Soouth Africa)

  6. David Marx says:

    Glad that they are both OK. G-d protect all members of the IDF – and thank you for doing what you do. The Jewish world depends on and loves you.

  7. Happy the men are safe! Keep up the good work IDF! GO ISRAEL!

  8. Shi Yuehan says:

    Glad to hear pilot and and navigator are OK. Truly most incredible Air Force. Hope they figure out what cause this horrible malfunction.

  9. May God Bless Israel.

  10. It took an hour to find them? Frightening!

  11. It took an hour to find them? Frightening!

  12. Benny Gamal says:

    I hope it was still "under warranty" and the US sends a loaner plane quickly and then either repairs or replaces the defective F-16!

    Sincerely,
    Benny Gamal
    Kohen Shamein

  13. that shows the strength of mind and the best training these guys go through. hope if you went to iran even if you are shot down they will come for you. kudos IAF

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