Israeli air force F-15
Israeli Air Force F-15
Photo: EPA
Israeli Air Force F-15

Air Force fighter planes damaged in floods

Local media reports technical crews rescued from hangars where planes were kept as water levels rose while damage to the aircraft is estimated in the millions

Yoav Zitun |
Published: 01.12.20 , 21:08
Several Air Force fighter jets were damaged during last week's storms with repair costs estimated in the millions.
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  • Airplane hangars at an undisclosed southern Air Force base were flooded as volumes water from nearby streams rushed towards the base, causing damage to the planes before technical crews were able to move them to dryer ground.
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    Israeli Air Force F-15
    (Photo: EPA)
    The military censor had blocked reports of the damage for three days and some details still remain under censorship.
    This is the second time the base and hangers were damaged by heavy rain in recent years.
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    Flooded roads
    (Photo: Ahiya Raved)
    The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the planes will be operational again within a few days and no one was injured in the event, though Channel 12 News reported some of the maintenance crew had to be rescued from the flooded hangars.
    Unusual weather that resulted in extreme rainfall over a six-day period had caused the death of five people around the country as well as extensive damage to homes, roads and infrastructure.
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