Two die in light aircraft crash in Galilee

Pilot and passenger are killed after plane consumed by flame, crashes in an open field; early investigation says engine trouble is to blame.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 3, 2011 11:13
Cessna 172 light aircraft

cessna 172 light aircraft 311. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A light aircraft crashed in an open field in the Upper Galilee, killing two on Thursday.

The Cessna 172 plane, containing a pilot and one passenger, was consumed by flames in an open field after crashing at 10:12 am.

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Moments before the crash, the pilot reportedly said on his radio that he is approaching the airport in Rosh Pina. The flight originated in Herzliya.

The Airports Authority said there had been an engine malfunction, forcing the pilot to attempt a landing at the Mahanayim airport. The plane crashed three kilometers prior to reaching its destination.

In August, two were killed when an ultra-light plane crashed near Rehovot. The crash was caused by a technical fault.


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