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Jewish and Mexican links – Israeli soldiers recently discovered the remains of pilot Yakir Naveh, who has been missing since his plane crashed in the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, the military said on Tuesday.
Remains found on October 25 on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, along with pieces of aircraft, reported the website of The Times of Israel.
Once they were found, the remains were sent to a forensic laboratory for identification, said the army.
The Army Human Resources Directorate told the pilot's family that their bodies had finally been found, said the army.
The funeral is scheduled for November 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv.
On May 6, 1962, Naveh trained a cadet on a Master Fouga plane when his plane was too low on the water and the engine died. The nose of the plane hit the water which caused a deadly collision which killed them both.
A year later, a search team discovered the corpse of the cadet who had flown the plane, Oded Kouton, but without a trace of Naveh.
In 2000, the Israeli Defense Forces renewed their search to find the remains of Naveh. On October 16, the army began its 12th search round for the remaining pilots.
Until now, Naveh has been considered a soldier whose death was confirmed, but his burial place is unknown.
The largest pieces of aircraft, wings and canopy, are found relatively quickly, leaving only smaller pieces.
Military divers had previously discovered Naveh's watch, weapon, and part of the pilot's seat.
Naveh was born on the outskirts of Ramat Gan in Tel Aviv in 1939. He was 23 years old and had just been married at the time of the accident.
Although the Sea of Galilee is a relatively small body of water, search efforts on lakes have been described as "hell" for divers, because a soft and muddy base reduces visibility to a minimum.
Because of its depth, divers can also be under the surface for about half an hour at a time before they have to climb to avoid decompression.
The army said the remains were found with help from an outside company, which provided "modern and sophisticated technology" that helped filter the terrain around the crash site.
"This effort is part of the IDF's moral and ethical commitment to find all soldiers and prisoners missing, and all IDF soldiers whose burial sites are unknown," the military said.
Source: Enlace Judio