This sad news from the Associated Press:
The son of an Israeli astronaut who died in thesix years ago was killed Sunday when his F-16 warplane crashed on a routine training flight, the Israeli military said.
The military identified the dead pilot as Capt. Asaf Ramon, son of, ‘s first and only astronaut. One of seven crew members killed when the Columbia exploded as it re-entered the atmosphere in 2003, Ilan Ramon is seen as a national hero in Israel, and radio and TV stations broke into their broadcasts Sunday to report the news of his son’s death.
The crash elicited emotional responses from Israeli leaders. The military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. , arrived at the family’s home along with the after news of the crash was made public, and the country’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said he was “heartbroken.”
“It is a sad and painful day,” Barak told reporters.
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