2 Killed as Light Aircraft Crashes Near Northern Israel Airfield

Cessna 172 crashed near Rosh Pina airfield after reporting engine failure; paramedics say plane had completely incinerated upon impact.

Two people were killed on Thursday after the light aircraft on which they were travelling crashed near Rosh Pina airfield in Israel's North.

The Cessna 172 plane took off from Herzeliya airfield, and reported engine failure four kilometers from Rosh Pina, not far from the village of Tuba-Zangariyye.

As it neared the landing strip at 10:00am, the plane crashed, with paramedics reporting that it had completely incinerated on impact.

Following the incident, the airspace in the area of the Rosh Pina airfield has been closed to air traffic.

The site of a pane crash near a Rosh Pina airfield, March 3, 2011.Yaron Kaminsky

The chief investigator of the Transport Ministry will initiate investigations into the reasons for the crash.

In August of 2010, two men in their 50s were killed when the ultralight aircraft in which they were traveling crashed into a field near Kibbutz Kvutzat Shiller, in the Rehovot area.

The two men had taken off from Rishon Letzion and were supposed to return there, but the aircraft crashed some 200 meters away from the kibbutz landing strip. The cause of the crash remains unclear.

In late 2009, a helicopter plunged into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Netanya, taking the lives of four people - an airline owner, a pilot for El Al and another with Arkia, and a Cypriot tourist.