Bird strike forces F-35 out of fly-by show

An F-35 taking part in the annual Independence Day fly-by has sustained light damage after colliding with a bird, the IDF says.

The army says the plane carried out a routine landing at an airbase in the south following the collision.

It is the second incident knocking an aircraft out of the parade of planes and helicopters buzzing Israel’s cities to celebrate the nation’s 75th birthday.

A fighter jet flies over the beach in Tel Aviv during Israel’s 75th Independence Day celebrations, April 26, 2023. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)

Earlier, an Apache helicopter was forced to land in a field near Kibbutz Ga’ash after suffering a technical fault.

Over 100 Israeli aircraft are taking part in the fly-bys, as well as a few jets from foreign air forces.

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