Two Israel Air Force personnel have died in a plane crash in Israel’s Negev near Mishmar Hanegev on Tuesday.

The two people were identified as an officer and a cadet in the Israel Air Force (IAF). The officer, who was the instructor for the flight, had served as the commander of an F-16 squadron until recently, while the cadet had been taking a pilot’s course over the past four months which included 15 hours of in-flight training.

IDF spokesman Tal Hedi Zilberman said contact with the plane was lost that the pilot did not have time to report the plane’s condition before the crash.

United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yosef Abu J’apper who was one of the first responders at the scene relayed: “When I arrived at the scene I found two young men who sustained life-ending injuries due to their aircraft having crashed. Unfortunately, they were both pronounced dead at the scene.”

The aircraft which crashed was a ‘Tzukit’ Grob G 120 plane which is used to train trainees of a pilot course in the initial screening and training stages. The plane entered the IAF workforce in 2002.

IAF commander Amikam Norkin ordered the establishment of a team to investigate the incident. The team will be led by an officer with the rank of colonel or above.

This is not the first time such an incident has happened. In 2008, two people were killed when an IAF ‘Tzukit’ plane crashed in the Negev. The IDF said the cause of the crash on that occasion was pilot error.

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK

Related Articles:

Two-state solution or DELUSION?

The ‘two-state solution’ is the most common phrase uttered by politicians when talking about the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In fact, criticising the so-called two-state solution is...

Britain resumes UNRWA funding; sends £23 million immediately

David Lammy, the new UK Foreign Secretary, has announced that the government is resuming funding for UNRWA, marking the decision with £21 million in new funding.In January, the UK...

Israel is not a political issue, it’s a Bible issue

The UK has elected its new Government and the Labour party has emerged victorious. Our supporters have diverse political opinions. For some, a Labour government gives them...

Christians owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people

It seems like such an obvious thing to say, but too many in the Church are ignorant of the debt of gratitude we Christians owe to the Jewish people. The Jewish people were used by God in...

Britain’s future success hangs on these two principles

The Bible says that “righteousness exalts a nation”. The Bible also says that nations that bless Israel will be blessed. Whichever political party is at the helm, these two Biblical...