This Week in History: Ron Arad is captured in Lebanon

21.10.2011                      23.Tischrei. 5772                       Simchat Torah

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This Week in History: Ron Arad is captured in Lebanon

Twenty-five years after the Israeli airman bailed from his Phantom jet over southern Lebanon, there is still very little known of his fate.

In the late afternoon of October 16, 1986, an Israeli Air Force Phantom jet flying a bombing mission over southern Lebanon was severely damaged when one of its ordinance prematurely exploded near the aircraft. Although both the pilot and navigator ejected and survived, only one of them ever made it back to Israel.
The last time navigator Ron Arad was seen alive by an Israeli was when he and his pilot were drifting toward the earth after their parachutes deployed. In an interview some years later, pilot Yishai Aviram described regaining consciousness after the explosion….