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Pilot Pete Schiff, a Christian, dies in accident in Jerusalem

Pilot Peté Schiff of the Tel Aviv Airport has died after he crashed his plane while flying on Friday morning.

He was the third Israeli to die in the air accident in Israel since the start of the year. 

Schiff, who was 40 years old, was traveling from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv at around 10:15 a.m. when the plane went down in the northern part of the city. 

“I was flying a 707 when the engine went off,” Schiff told Haaretz.

“The engine was on fire and I had to jump out and land in the river.

It was raining.

The wind was strong.

I lost control of the plane and the landing gear flipped over.

The pilot had to pull me out of the way.

I was thrown to the ground and died.

I had been flying the plane for about two weeks.”

Schiff had been on his way from the airport to the airport in Tel Aviv when he became lost and crashed. 

He was not in a position to check on the plane as it was parked in a lot of water and he had been drinking a bottle of water, according to Haaretz, and the pilot had been unable to contact him by phone.

The plane had been grounded for the night and no one had heard from Schiff for a week.

“He was a pilot who was doing good work.

He would fly from Jerusalem all the time, always checking in, always working.

He had a good work ethic.

He knew the airport, the airport was a safe place,” the airport’s director of aviation, Gershon Ben-Ami, said.

“We have a lot to learn.

I know that we can’t be complacent.

We are all in this together.”

Schiffs family and friends have already begun a fund to help with the medical costs of the pilot’s wife and two young children.

The pilot was also married to an Israeli, Yair, who died in 2015.

The couple had three children together, including a son, Gil. 

The family is asking for prayers to the family and to the pilot for his life.