Listen: F-15 lands safely after losing canopy at 30,000 feet
The Israel Air Force released sound recordings of an incident last week in which an F-15’s canopy, the transparent enclosure over the cockpit, flew off while the aircraft was flying at 30,000 feet, requiring the crew to make a harrowing emergency landing.
The Israel Defense Force Spokesperson’s Office said that at that altitude, with temperatures of minus 45 degrees Celsius (-49 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong winds, the crew was in danger.
The crew underwent a medical exam following the incident and were found to be in good condition.
The commander of the air force, Amikam Norkin, has ordered a halt to all training flights with the aircraft pending an investigation.