Remains of Missing Israeli Pilot Found in the Kinneret 56 Years Later


The remains of an Israeli Air Force pilot missing for 56 years were recovered in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) northeast of Tiberias on Tuesday, recovered among the wreckage of the aircraft.

Lt. Yakir Mordechai Naveh enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces in May 1957, working his way from the position of airborne mechanic all the way up to pilot.

He and IAF cadet Oded Cotton took off on a training flight on May 6, 1962, but the pair never returned.

Just a year later, Cotton’s body was discovered amid wreckage of the plane, but Naveh, who left behind a wife, was declared a fallen soldier who burial place is unknown. A memorial to him was erected in the Missing Persons section of the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, and a public park in Ramat Gan was named after him.

“On October 16, 2018, the 12th search operation for the remains of Yakir went underway … using new and advanced technologies provided by a company that was chosen especially by the Ministry of Defense,” read an IDF statement, which noted that the army has stayed in touch with the bereaved family to keep them abreast of developments.

“This effort is part of the IDF’s moral and ethical obligation to locate all the prisoners and missing persons, which includes fallen IDF soldiers whose burial place is unknown.”

The pilot’s funeral will take place on Nov. 13, 2018, at Kiryat Shaul Cemetery.




  1. Amazing! A day before Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan we went to the Kineret; our usual spot that we use to go into the water. And we arrived and saw this huge Barge being lowered into the water. So we asked the head of the operation what it is. SO he said; they have a mivtza of finding the body of a pilot from over 50yrs ago; we honestly thought it was a lie and it was a more secretive operation. I am so glad that they found him and amazed that I witnessed part of it.

  2. I don’t believe this garbage at all. The Kinneret is not that big or deep. A total joke. The government keeps claiming that the water level is rescinding at dangerous time frame. For whatever reason the Shin Daled didn’t want his body found (if this story is even true). They were able to locate and recover everything they wanted from the Titanic which is laying at the deepest part of the Ocean. The brilliant great minds of the Israelis couldn’t locate the body even though they found his partner at the same location?! I’m not buying this. The corrupt egotistical Israeli government can not be trusted. Something stinks with this story.


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