2 killed as light plane crashes, burns in southern Israel

Two men were killed Tuesday afternoon as a light plane crashed and caught fire near Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev in southern Israel, Hebrew-language media reported.

The small aircraft crashed in an open field for an as-yet-unknown reason near the city of Rahat in the northern Negev region.

Firefighters, paramedics and an air force helicopter arrived at the scene, where charred parts of the crashed plane were scattered.

A medic said forces arrived when the plane was still on fire and were witness the “difficult scene” of the two unconscious men after extinguishing the blaze.

They were initially listed as in critical condition, but medics subsequently pronounced their death.

A firefighter told the Haaretz website that officials were having trouble identifying the plane due to the degree of damage it had suffered.

An initial investigation was looking into the possibility that the pilot hadn’t had time to report a malfunction.

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