Israel is investigating the loss of a canopy from a Boeing F-15 Eagle combat aircraft during a training sortie.
A twin-seat F-15B 'Baz' (Falcon) suffered an explosive canopy separation at 30,000 ft before making an emergency landing, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) disclosed on 7 January.
"The division was put to a halt and the event is being looked into," the head of the IAF's headquarters Brigadier General Tomer Bar said, adding, "The canopy detachment occurred at night during a routine training sortie. This is a rare incident."
According to the IAF, the F-15 was operating out of Tel Nof airbase in central Israel when the canopy was jettisoned without warning.
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