JERUSALEM, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Israel Air Force (IAF) on Sunday grounded all fighter jet squadrons after a near midair collision last week capped a series of serious accidents over the last year.
IAF chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel imposed the order after two aircraft almost collided on Thursday, according to Israel Radio. Investigators said the two planes exceeded the mandatory "safety envelope" during maneuvers.
An IAF source said the near-miss was due to "pilot error."
While regular operations and flights would continue, instructors were ordered to refresh fighter squadron pilots on adhering to air safety procedures and policies during mock air combat before taking back to the skies on Monday.
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