Israeli soldiers mistakenly tried to take down its own crop-dusting plane over GolanChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 22, 2019
Israeli soldiers opened fire at a crop-dusting plane flying over the Golan Heights, mistaking it for an infiltrating aircraft from Syria.
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“IDF troops operating on the Golan Heights spotted a plane that they suspected of being an enemy aircraft that infiltrated from Syrian territory and represented a real threat, and therefore they opened fire at it. Once they realized it was a civilian Israeli aircraft, they stopped shooting,” the military said in a statement.
“As a part of defending the area against infiltrating aircraft, troops are expected to identify and monitor suspicious craft. But this was a serious incident that is being investigated. Lessons will be learned,” The Times of Israel cited the army as saying. ■