Greek authorities on Tuesday opened an investigation into the crash of an Israeli private plane that killed a prosecution witness in the corruption trial of former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Haim Geron, a former senior official in Israel’s communications ministry, and his wife Esther were killed in the crash Monday evening off the island of Samos. Israel’s Foreign Ministry identified the victims, both aged 69, adding that consular officials and the ministry were working with the family to return the bodies. Geron was one of more than 300 witnesses prosecutors listed for Netanyahu’s corruption trial. He is on trial for allegedly accepting expensive gifts from wealthy associates, allegations he denies. The Greek Aviation and Aviation Accident Investigation Council is investigating the causes of the crash, officials said on Tuesday.
The single-engine Cessna 182 took off from Haifa Israel and crashed near Samos airport.
“Shortly before landing, communication with the Samos control tower was lost and the Civil Aviation Authority informed the search and rescue center of the loss of communication,” said the authority in a press release.
The bodies of the two Israeli occupiers were recovered by the coast guard hours later with the help of divers.
Netanyahu, now leader of the opposition in Israel’s parliament, has denied all charges and mocked the size of the witness list.
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