Two people were seriously injured Friday morning when a light plane crashed while landing at the Ein Vered airstrip in central Israel.
The two, said to be in their sixties, were transferred to Sheba Medical Center by Magen David Adom paramedics with serious burns and injuries.
The cause of the crash is not yet known. The Transportation Ministry was investigating.
But initial reports indicated that strong winds may have rattled the plane as it was landing, thrusting it into another plane parked near the runway and causing the crash.
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An emergency medic, Yaakov Partiv, who witnessed the crash, told Ynet: “I was preparing for a flight when I saw the plane burst into fire as it was landing. I ran to the scene and managed to pull the two pilots from the wreckage. They were conscious but suffering from serious burns and injuries,” he said. “Minutes later Magen David Adom medics arrived.”
The private Ein Vered airfield is located in the Sharon region of central, coastal Israel.