IAF jets narrowly avoid crash during drill

A refueling drill involving an F-16 fighter jet and an Air Force Boeing 707 tanker failed and caused a fuel pipe to hit the aircraft's head-up display (HUD) on Friday, Ynet learned. The two aircraft were forced to perform an emergency landing.

The incident, which fortunately did not leave any injuries, took place during a drill at the Ovda base in southern Israel. The IAF launched an inquiry.

Meanwhile, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday that IAF Commander Major-General Amir Eshel ordered the grounding of dozens of F-16 jets over a possible malfunction threatening their engines.

This has led to a reduction in combat training flights. Nevertheless, IAF sources stressed that should the need arise, the jets will be prepped for flight within a short while.


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