IAF to resume F-16 training flights

Following an investigation into a recent malfunction, the Air Force will gradually resume training with the fighter jet

Date: 18/01/2013, 11:24 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The Israel Air Force will gradually resume F-16 training flights, IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel has decided. The decision was made following the presentation of the findings of the secondary investigation into a recent malfunction in an F-16D fighter jet.

That incident, in which the crew ejected from the aircraft without injury, prompted Maj. Gen. Eshel to order the IAF to stop all training flights in that model pending an investigation.

The investigation found that the plane’s maintenance had been carried out properly and in line with directives. The Commander of the IAF accepted the recommendations of the investigating team to increase technical inspections and to set more stringent guidelines for the maintenance and operation of the aircraft.