Aftermath of light plane crash near Eilat.
Aftermath of light plane crash near Eilat. Photo by Eran Katz
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A man in his fifties was killed and two others were seriously injured Thursday in a light plane crash on the outskirts of the southern city of Eilat.

The wounded individuals suffered multisystem trauma, according to medical officials.

The plane was making its way to Eilat from the central Israeli city of Herzliya. It began its descent but failed to land safely, crashing outside the airport for reasons as yet unclear. Initial reports indicated that the pilot did not signal distress. Witnesses saw the aircraft taking a nosedive before hitting the ground near Highway 90, not far from the entrance to the city.

Transportation Ministry officials have launched an inquiry into the incident. The investigators will examine the possibility that the aircraft ran out of fuel. The Eilat airport was shut down for several hours before reopening in the evening.