cherokee light aircraft 311.
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Four people were killed on Thursday morning when the light aircraft they were
flying in crashed into trees and burst in flames at the Haifa Air Base Technical
Three of the victims were named as pilot and flight instructor
David Bachor, 65, from Kiryat Yam, and students Mustafa Amin, 37, from Nazareth,
and Moshe Bensal, 51, from Zichron Ya’acov. The fourth victim’s family asked
that his details not be released.
Amin leaves behind a wife and two
daughters. None of the victims were from the air force.
David Adom spokesman Zachi Heller said rescue personnel found the four bodies
scattered outside of the burnt wreckage of the plane. All four were pronounced
dead at the scene.
According to police, shortly after takeoff, Bachor
reported technical problems to the flight tower and tried to return to make an
emergency landing. He lost control of the plane and crashed, hitting tree tops
on the way down.
Based on an initial investigation, there was some sort
of technical malfunction in the plane’s engine that prevented it from providing
enough power to make the landing.
Bachor’s wife, Lilian, broke down when
speaking to reporters near the crash site, and through her tears described her
husband as a seasoned pilot who never took risks.
“He was an experienced,
veteran pilot. If he had the slightest worry he wouldn’t get in the plane. If
there was a single bit of wind, any at all, he wouldn’t fly.”
said being a pilot was a life-long dream for his brother. “His dream was always
to be a pilot. This is a disaster, a total disaster,” he said.
Piper Cherokee, a four-seat single engine light aircraft, landed near
classrooms, but there were no students present at the time due to the Pessah
In March, two people were killed
when a Cessna 172 plane crashed
in an open field in the Galilee.
Back in August, two people were killed
in an ultralight crash near Rehovot.
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