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Israeli pilots hurt in training accident

JERUSALEM, Sept. 8 (JTA) – Two Israeli air force pilots were hurt, one seriously, in a training accident with an F-16 fighter jet in southern Israel. The pilots, an instructor and student, were on a training flight Sunday when a malfunction occurred, possibly because a bird flew into an engine. The two bailed out, sustaining their injuries when they landed among cliffs near Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev. The instructor sustained moderate injuries; the student was seriously hurt. The commander of the air force, Mag. Gen. Eitan Ben-Eliahu, appointed a commission to investigate the incident.