Aas killed during a crash landing of an F-16I jet fighter jet in southern Israel on Wednesday evening. The aircraft’s navigator ejected from the plane and escaped with only minor injuries.
The pilot has been named as Major Ohad Cohen from the Ramon Air Force Base.
The jet, which was landing at Ramon Air Force Base in the Negev after conducting an air strike on the Gaza Strip, caught fire. IAF commnder Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel has appointed an investigation.
In July 2013, an F-16I on a training flight crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, some 50 km. off the coast of the Gaza Strip. The two-seater jet fighter was taking part in a training exercise in which it attempted an interception. In that incident, the plane’s pilot, an IAF flight instructor and navigator, who was being trained, safely ejected from the aircraft and parachuted to the sea before being rescued.
In November 2010, an IAF pilot and navigator were killed when their F-16I fighter jet crashed in southern Israel. The jet was leading four aircraft in a training exercise when it suddenly fell to the ground without reporting any problems.
In September 2009, an F-16 crashed outside of Hebron, killing Assaf Ramon, the son of astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon, who died in the Columbia explosion in 2003.