Nu mai putin de opt avioane F-16I Sufa apartinand Israeli Defense Force au fost avariate dupa ce inundatii severe au lovit Baza Aeriana Hatzor, situata in sudul tarii.
O furtuna puternica a afectat baza, iar cele opt avioane de lupta au fost surprinse in hangare subterane.
Acestea din urma au fost inundate, in unele locuri apa depasind un metru si jumatate.
Un oficial al armatei israeliene a admis ca a fost o greseala faptul ca avioanele nu au fost mutate din acele hangare si a transmis ca F-urile 16 vor reveni la zbor in jur de o saptamana, dupa operatiuni de reparatie ce au inceput deja.
Reparatiile vor costa insa cateva milioane de dolari si nu e clar daca va fi tras cineva la raspundere pentru asta.
Hangarele subterane utilizate de Fortele Aeriene Israeliene (Heyl Ha’Avir) se numesc „Datak”
Hatzor air base flooded
Eight F-16C/D Sufa’s of 101sq and 105sq of the Heyl Ha’Avir (IAF, Israel Air Force) that were parked in their underground hangars were damaged in a heavy rainstorm last week.
Israel is knowing to have hangars that are positioned below surface level, these underground hangars are named „Datak”. During heavy rainstorms over the Negev desert, the IAF mistakenly forgot to remove eight Sufa’s from these hangars that were feeded with water up to 1,5 meters.
Three jets were seriously damaged while five were only light harmed when the hangars suddenly flooded at the Hatzor air base (Israel). The IAF announced that the planes are expected to return to service next week, this after some costly repairs. They also will start to look to the drainage systems around the hangars as well as the concrete walls that must keep water of the nearby river away.