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Flying High: Downed Airman Returns to the Sky

Downed IAF navigator returns to F-16 (Photo: IDF Spokesman's Unit)

Earlier this month, an Israeli fighter jet was hit by anti-aircraft fire while on a mission over Syria. Its pilot and navigator bailed out over Israeli territory, safe but injured. In yesterday's Daily Dispatch, Stand for Israel reported that the pilot has left the hospital. And now, Tal Lev Ram at The Jerusalem Post tells us that the navigator has healed so completely he has returned to the F-16 cockpit:

The Israeli Air Force navigator who was lightly injured after ejecting his F-16 while on a mission over Syria, returned to the cockpit Sunday. He was accompanied on his first back-to-service practice flight by IAF Chief Major General Amikam Norkin.

The fighter jet was fired on while targeting Iranian targets in Syria as a reaction to an Iranian drone violating Israeli air-space by entering the country from Jordan earlier that night.

Later this week Norkin is expected to be presented with the findings of an operational investigation into what caused the plane to be damaged and forcing the pilots to eject during the February 10th mission.

The [plane] was damaged when a surface-to-air missile, used by the Syrian army and produced in the USSR, exploded near the aircraft.

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