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NTSB Probe Finds Jordanian Pilot Intentionally Crashed Small Plane Near US Defense Contractor

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Investigators for the National TransporTation Safety Board say the deadly crash Tuesday of a small plane, barely 200 yards from the corporate headquarters of U.S. defense contractor Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut, was “an intentional act.”

The crash occurred as the plane was on its final approach to Hartford’s Brainard Airport.

Aaccording to a statement released Wednesday, the FBI is set to lead in the investigation of the crash of the twin-engine Piper PA-34 Seneca, with assistance from the NTSB. The plane — which had two sets of controls — hit a utility pole, snapped electrical wires, crashed on the road and exploded into a fireball around 3:40 pm on Tuesday.

A survivor told investigators the crash was no accident, according to The Associated Press, which quoted East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc. The man, flight instructor Arian Prevalla, 43, is hospitalized at Bridgeport Medical Center and was upgraded Wednesday from critical to fair condition.

Lt. Josh Litwin of East Hartford Police told media the survivor is being treated for burns and is expected to survive. He added that it is not yet known whether the student pilot or instructor had control of the plane at the time of the crash.

Prevalla is a flight instructor at the Hartford Jet Center, according to records and law enforcement.

According to the report, the student pilot presumed killed in the crash was identified as 28-year-old Feras Majdii Mohammad Freitekh. The Jordanian student entered the United States in 2012 on an M1 visa for flight school, and subsequently acquired an F1 visa for language school as well, CBS News reported. He was licensed and certified to fly a single-engine plane in May 2015.

Hana Levi Julian

Iranian Commercial Pilot Refused Entry into Israel

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

An Iranian pilot flying for Turkish Airlines was refused entry into Israel on Friday night, according to Channel 2.

Turkey asked Israel for a one night exemption for the pilot, but the Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency refused fearing it would set a precedent.

Turkish Airlines hired 200 Iranian pilots after a shortage of their own pilots, and they had ensured Israel that none would be flying to Israel.

Iran and Israel do not have diplomatic relations. Iran keeps threatening to wipe out the Jewish state.

The pilot was sent back on the next flight out.

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Congratulations Class #171

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The 171st Air Force pilot’s course held their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Blue Skies.

Air Force Graduation Ceremony



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Green Lasers Target Blue and White Airplanes

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Flight LY81 departing from Ben Gurion Airport to Bangkok on Sunday night was targeted with a green laser at least 3 times, according to a passenger who contacted JNi.media. The passenger, who lives in Samaria, identified the laser beam as coming from the village of Beit Ur al-Tachta, some 15 miles from the airport.

Dozens of pilots in the US and Europe have reported being flashed with green laser beams. When somebody aims a laser at the cockpit, it can flash-blind the pilot to the point that he can’t see anything. If the beam gets both eyes, the pilot is disabled.

Last year, the FAA reported 3,894 laser incidents, and this year pilots in the US have already experienced more than 2,750 laser flashes.

An El Al spokesperson told JNi.media she could not confirm or deny the information, as the company does not keep a record of these incidents. According to the spokesperson, the green lasers pose no risk to El Al flights, and El Al complies with all security requirements.

Flight tracking websites such as Flight Aware help track the progress of flights to and from Ben Gurion. A terrorist living near the airport, looking to disrupt an El Al flight, could easily use websites like this to determine if the flight that just took off belongs to El Al.


A Fighter Pilot Gets Her Wings

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulates one of the newly graduated Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim Air Base in the Negev on June 25, 2015.

Newly graduated fighter pilots. June 25, 2015.

Newly graduated fighter pilots. June 25, 2015.

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Power Couple

Friday, June 26th, 2015

While the talk of the town yesterday was the religious woman, Lt. R. from Jerusalem, who graduated in yesterday’s class of new fighter pilots, she was far from the only religious personality in yesterday’s elite group.

25-year-old Lt. B. made a fateful decision to leave his Hesder yeshiva a few years ago, and try his hand at becoming a fighter pilot too, after getting permission from his Rosh Yeshiva.

But Lt. B. had another boss he had to confer with first… his wife.

Mrs. Lt. H. isn’t just his wife, but also an officer/engineer in a classified intelligence unit. She agreed, but on one condition… they have a baby.

Two years ago, and one year into the Lt. B.’s 3 year pilot course, their baby girl was born.

Lt. B. graduated yesterday as a combat navigator.

Did we mention… they’re also settlers living in the Shomron.

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New Pilots at Turkish Airlines Urged to ‘Marry’

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Newly-trained pilots at a training center in Istanbul were told by Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil last week that they were “absolutely” being encouraged to marry.

Kotil made the statement in context of an address on the subject of last month’s suicide plane crash in the French Alps by the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525.

“The lifestyles of our pilot friends, be they men or women, are extremely important,” Kotil told the new pilots. “Therefore, dear friends, we are absolutely encouraging those of you who are single, to marry.”

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz suffered from depression, for which he previously had been treated. He reportedly told his girlfriend that he was planning a gesture that all would remember, according to Fox News.

Prosecutors are still investigating his motives for locking the pilot out of the cockpit before deliberately flying the commercial airliner into a mountainside in southern France.

Hana Levi Julian

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