Two men were fatally injured in a plane crash today (Tuesday) near Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev. MDA medics and paramedics arrived at the scene and treated the two unconscious men, who were transferred by MDA helicopter to Soroka Hospital. The circumstances of the crash have not yet been clarified.
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For no apparent reason, the two lost control of the plane and crashed in an agricultural area near Rahat, in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council. Following civilian calls, MDA and firefighters arrived at the scene and rescued the occupants of the plane within a short time. The firefighting operations were completed but many forces are still on the scene. The two are identified and an investigation is opened into the cause of the crash.
Although problematic weather conditions are not known, the area of the flight path in Mishmar Hanegev is problematic at this time of year. This is a regulated flight path for military and civilian aircraft, and this season there is extensive bird migration in the area. Just two weeks ago a helicopter hit a bird of prey in the area and was forced to make an emergency landing, and the lane shifted slightly north.
Investigate whether the cause of the crash was a bird injury, a human error or a technical malfunction. As far as is known the plane flies at low altitude, which leaves a very short response time to the pilot if something goes wrong.
In May, a 52-year-old man was killed in a plane crash in an open area near Kibbutz Yakum in Sharon. A 14-year-old boy who was with him on the plane was slightly injured and evacuated by rescue helicopter to the hospital. The two were trapped on the plane, and MDA crews who arrived at the scene gave them first aid but were forced to determine the death of the 52-year-old shortly after.
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