F-16I Fighter Jet Crashes in Makhtesh Ramon During Routine Training Flight

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.

F-16I Fighter Jet Crashes in Makhtesh Ramon During Routine Training Flight

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

Representatives of the IDF (Zahal) 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.

F-16I Fighter Jet Crashes in Makhtesh Ramon During Routine Training Flight

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.