Four Israel Air Force fighter jets nearly collided with a Ryanair civilian airliner which took off from the Ovda Airport in southern Israel Tuesday afternoon.
The close-shave occurred at 27,000 feet, as the IAF jets were taking part in a training exercise over the skies of Israel.
The Ryanair flight took off at 2:09 p.m. from Ovda to Krakow, Poland. Not long after taking off, the captain suddenly noticed the incoming aircraft, and only his quick reactions prevented a major tragedy.
Israel's Transportation Ministry and the IAF have opened an emergency investigation into the incident.
In response, the IDF Spokespersons Division issued a short statement saying only that "a civilian passenger jet approached an Air Force jet over central Israel. The incident is under investigation."