The Israel Air Force has admitted its mistake for not moving all fighter jets from underground hangars ahead of intense rainfall last week, which led to damage to several F-16 fighter jets.
According to a senior Air Force officer, 50 million liters of rain fell on the base between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. last Thursday at Hatzor airbase in southern Israel, flooding aircraft runways and two underground hangars.
Picture released by Israel's Channel 12 news shows just how bad the flooding was. Eight F-16 fighter jets were damaged, but all are expected to be repaired and return to operational duty by next week pic.twitter.com/hRx04pkgrg
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According to a report on Channel 12, the water levels reached one-and-a-half meters inside the hangars leading to several mechanics needing to be rescued.
Eight F-16 Sufa fighter jets were damaged from the rain, five of them suffering minor damage and three others more significant damage.