F-16I Fighter Jet Crashes in Makhtesh Ramon During Routine Training Flight, 11 Nov 2010

Maj. Amichai Itkis (left) and Maj. Immanuel Levy

An F-16I “Sufa” (“Storm”) fighter jet crashed in Makhtesh Ramon during a routine training flight last night, Wednesday November 10th 2010, at approximately 20:00.

Maj. Gen. Ido Nachushtan surveys the location of the F-16 jet crash

Representatives of the IDF notified the crew members’ families of the incident. The crew members’ names are Major Amichai Itkis, a pilot, 28, from Sde Warburg, and Major Immanuel Levy, a navigator, 30 from Ma’ale Adumin.

Search and rescue forces were called to the scene, and began to search extensively for the aircraft and the two crew members.

Military rabbinate searches crash site for crew.

Commander of the Israel Air Force, Major- General Ido Nehushtan put together an investigating committee, headed by an IAF Colonel, in order to examine the causes of the incident. With that, all training flights for the “Sufa” F-16I fighter jets will be suspended until further notice.


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