JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An Israeli warplane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday following a malfunction although both crew members were rescued unharmed, a military spokesman told AFP.
"An F16 combat aircraft crashed earlier today into the sea after its engine malfunctioned," he said.
Israeli media reports said the crash took place off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
"The pilot and navigator on board bailed out of their plane and were evacuated to a hospital," the army spokesman said, describing their condition as "stable".
According to the military, the two spent an hour in the sea before being pulled out by the air force's 669 rescue and evacuation unit.
Following the incident, air force chief Major General Amir Eshel "ordered all F16 and F15 aircraft grounded until the circumstances are reviewed," he said. more