Fighter jets narrowly avoid collision with paraglider

Fighter jets narrowly avoid collision with paraglider

Two F-16s pull up at last minute during routine training flight

Two air force F-16s narrowly avoided colliding with a paraglider during a routine training flight near Beit Jann in the south of Israel last week.

Ynet reported Tuesday that the accident was averted when the squadron commander ordered the pilots to pull up at the last moment.

In October, all IAF flights were grounded for a day following a series of near-crashes.

Earlier this year, a fighter jet and refueling plane were forced to make emergency landings when an attempt to link up went awry and the fuel hose damaged the glass above the jet’s cockpit.

Last year, the fleet was grounded for two days after an F-16 hit a tree while attempting a landing at Ramat David Air Force base in northern Israel. The pilot was able to land safely.

Gabe Fisher contributed to this report.

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