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Greece investigates plane crash that killed witness in Netanyahu bribery trial


Greek authorities have opened an investigation into the deadly crash of a private plane near the island of Samos.

The accident 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 the only occupants on the Cessna 182 plane.

The single-engine plane left Haifa in Israel on Monday and then crashed near Samos airport.

The Greek Air Accident and Aviation Investigation Board said it was investigating the causes of the crash.

“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,” the authority said in a statement.

“A local fisherman said there was a big explosion, followed by a smaller one,” board chief Ioannis Kondylis told AFP.

The bodies of the two Israeli occupiers were recovered by the coast guard hours later with the help of divers.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry identified the victims, both 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 have listed for Netanyahu’s trial, where the former prime minister is accused of accepting expensive gifts from wealthy associates and granting favors to tycoons media in exchange for media coverage.

Netanyahu, now leader of the opposition in Israel’s parliament, has denied all charges and mocked the size of the prosecution’s witness list.

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