2 Hurt as Ultralight Aircraft Crashes Into Nes Tziona House

Crash comes only days after new directive effectively grounds more than half of Israel's ultralight planes.

A man was seriously injured Friday, and another man was lightly hurt when an ultralight aircraft crashed into the backyard of a Nes Tziona home.

Magen David Adom emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident and evacuated the two victims to Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Rishon Letzion. The inhabitants of the house were unharmed.

Nes Tziona mayor Yossi Shvo said that a fire erupted inside the house as a result of the crash.

The rescue services said the accident appeared to have been caused by a technical malfunction.

Ultralight aircraft typically weigh several hundred kilograms, fly at slow speeds and can carry at most one passenger in addition to the pilot.

Only a few days ago, the Civil Aviation Authority issued a new directive which will effectively ground more than half of the country's 175 ultralight planes, including all the newer models.

Ran Bag, the head of sport aviation at the authority, ordered all planes weighing more than 454 kilograms to be grounded. Israeli Ultralight Sport Aviation Association head Avraham Kimchi said the Civil Aviation Authority was taking precautions after an ultralight plane ran out of fuel in Rishon Letzion, but said that the directive addresses only one of many issues raised in the investigation.