The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has said that they fired on a light plane flying over the highly tense Golan Heights by mistake on Wednesday night (August 21).
The IDF took to twitter to make a short statement about the incident, stating (translated):
“An IDF operating on the Golan Heights identified an aircraft suspected of being a hostile aircraft that infiltrated from Syria and posed a real threat, so he opened fire on it. After realizing that it was an Israeli civilian aircraft, he stopped the shooting.”
The pilot involved in the incident said he was “a meter-and-a-half away from disaster”.
The pilot, who had the required permits for the flight, said he felt a knock on one of the plane’s wings and at first thought it was a bird, adding that he then noticed that fuel was leaking from his aircraft.
“This is a serious incident which is being reviewed,” the IDF said.