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      IAF Jets Make Emergency Landing After Botched Drill

      No one hurt in a mishap during a refueling drill involving an F-16 fighter jet and an Air Force Boeing 707 tanker.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 7/27/2012, 4:25 PM

      IAF F-16 (file)
      IAF F-16 (file)
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      A refueling drill involving an F-16 fighter jet and an Air Force Boeing 707 tanker ran into trouble Friday.

      An initial investigation revealed that the refueling pipe hit the F-16's cockpit, damaging the head-up display (HUD) and forcing both aircraft to perform emergency landings at the Ovda air force base, near Eilat.

      No injuries were reported.

      IAF Commander Major-General Amir Eshel ordered the grounding of dozens of F-16 jets over a possible malfunction threatening their engines, Yediot Aharonot reported Friday.

      Eshel has ordered a further, thorough inquiry into the refueling incident.