Israeli Air Force plane crashes, two killed

October 23rd, 2008 - 1:56 am ICT by IANS  

Tel Aviv, Oct 23 (DPA) An Israeli Air Force plane crashed some 30 minutes after taking off from a military air base in southern Israel Wednesday afternoon, killing a flight instructor and his 19-year-old student, the military said.The plane was an Israeli Zukit, a military spokesman in Tel Aviv said. The student was identified as Ilan Carmi from central Israel.

The spokesman said search-and-rescue forces were called to the scene. Witnesses told Israeli media that they found parts of the plane dispersed across 200 metres, with two bodies lying nearby.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Israeli Air Force Commander Major General Udi Nahushtan has appointed a committee to investigate the crash, the spokesman said.

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