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Israeli military plane crashes killing 2


An Israeli military plane crashed in southern Israel, killing a  pilot-in-training and his flight instructor.

The double-engine plane, on a routine Israeli Air Force school practice flight, crashed Wednesday near the Tzeelim military base in the Negev Desert.

The plane, a French-made Fuga Magister, called a “Zukit” in Israel, has been used by the Israeli Air Force since 1957, and is set to be replaced by American-made T-6A Texan aircraft, in a $190 million deal approved by the Pentagon in July.

It is the second aircraft crash during a routine flight in two months. A Cobra helicopter crashed in early September while on a drill in the Jezreel Valley, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

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