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.

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