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Asaf Ramon, the son of the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, was an Israel Air Force pilot who was killed in September 2009, when his F-16A fighter jet crashed in the southern Hebron hills.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Ramon excelled in the IAF and received a presidential medal of honor and his pilot’s wings from President Shimon Peres. Ramon went on to join a squadron for advanced training. Ramon always spoke of the influence his father’s legacy had on his life choices, saying that he was proud of his father’s accomplishments and was proud to be his son.
Ramon has escaped a plane crash during a routine flight a year-and-a-half before his death. Following the crash in September 2009, helicopters and rescue forces were immediately dispatched, and after an extensive search the wreckage of his plane was located.
Following the tragedy, the Israel Air Force commander called for an official inquiry and suspended training for the F-16 squadrons. Although Ramon had passed all his health checks and was not known to have any medical problems, investigators sought to verify to whether Ramon had suffered from physiological problems such as vertigo, or a blackout moments before his crash. Asaf Ramon was the oldest of Ilan Ramon’s four children. He is survived by his mother, two brothers and sister.
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Her husband was killed in the Columbia space shuttle disaster; her son Asaf, a fighter pilot, died in a training accident
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Rona Ramon, the widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and mother of pilot Asaf Ramon, among torch lighters.
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