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Israeli fighter jet crashes in southern Israel

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The jet was carrying two crew members
  • It was on a routine training mission
  • Crew members were being sought

Jerusalem (CNN) -- An Israeli fighter jet carrying two crew members crashed Wednesday night in southern Israel during a routine training flight, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The incident, which involved an F-16I Sufa ("Storm") jet, occurred in the town of Makhtesh Ramon at approximately 8 p.m. (1 p.m. ET), the statement said.

Rescue forces were searching for the two crew members.

The commander of the Israel air force, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, has formed an investigating committee, headed by an Israeli air force colonel, to investigate the incident, the statement said.

All training flights for the F-16I Sufa fighter jets have been suspended, it said.