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Jewish Link Mexico and Israel – Israel’s army recently discovered the remains of pilot Yakir Naveh, who has been missing since his plane crashed on the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, the army said on Tuesday.
The remains were discovered on October 25 at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, along with pieces of the aircraft, reported the site The Times of Israel.
Once they were found, the remains were sent to a forensic laboratory for identification, the army said.
The Army Human Resources Directorate informed the pilot’s family that their remains had finally been found, the army said.
His funeral is scheduled for November 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv.
On May 6, 1962, Naveh was training a cadet in a Fouga Magister aircraft when his plane went too low over the water and the engine died. The nose of the plane hit the water which caused a deadly collision that killed both of them.
A year later, a search team found the corpse of the cadet who had been flying the plane, Oded Kouton, but without any trace of Naveh.
In the year 2000, the Israel Defense Forces renewed their searches to locate the remains of Naveh. On October 16, the army began its 12th round of searches for the remains of the pilot.
Until now, Naveh had been considered a soldier whose death was confirmed, but whose burial place was unknown.
The largest pieces of the plane, wings and canopy, were found relatively quickly, leaving behind only smaller pieces.
The military divers had previously found Naveh’s watch, his gun and parts of his pilot’s seat.
Naveh was born in the suburb of Ramat Gan in Tel Aviv in 1939. He was 23 years old and was newly married at the time of the accident.
Although the Sea of Galilee is a relatively small body of water, search efforts on the lake have been described as “infernal” for divers, as the soft, silty bottom reduces visibility to a minimum.
Due to the depth, divers can also stay below the surface for about half an hour at a time before having to climb to avoid decompression.
The army said the remains were discovered with the help of an outside company, which provided “modern and advanced technologies” that helped filter the terrain around the crash site.
“This effort is part of the IDF’s moral and ethical commitment to finding all the missing soldiers and captives, and all the IDF soldiers whose burial sites are unknown,” the military said.
Source: Enlace Judio