An Israeli F-15 was landed safely after its cockpit canopy flew off at 30,000 feet, the Israeli military have announced.
Local media reported that, in a dramatic cockpit voice recording of the January the 2nd incident, airmen can be heard shouting to one another over the roaring wind and engine noise.
An Israeli Defense Forces public affairs spokesperson told reporters:
“During a routine training flight, an F-15 fighter jet had to land after its canopy detached. The plane’s crew was in full control throughout the incident, acted with level-headedness, professionalism and great skill in handling the rare malfunction, and landed the plane safely at the Nevatim Air Base.”
The following transcript has since been released, but the Israeli Defense Forces released the audio of communications between the two-man flight crew themselves so you can listen for yourself:
“Are you all right,” the navigator is heard to ask the pilot, identified as ‘Captain Y’.
“Yes I’m fine,” the Captain replies.
“We are without a canopy, proceeding for landing at the nearest base,” the pilot said over the radio, reportedly in a calm voice.
The aircraft’s canopy detached for currently unknown reasons.