Haim Geron was a former deputy director of the Communication Ministry; light plane he was piloting went down after apparent technical fault
Haim Geron, a witness in the corruption trial of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was one of the two Israelis killed in a light plane crash in Greece on Monday. The other was his wife, Esti.
The names of the Gerons, the only two casualties of the crash, were cleared for publication on Tuesday. Geron was a past deputy director-general for engineering and licensing at the Communications Ministry.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the couple took off from Haifa on a single-engine plane in the afternoon and were flying close to the island of Samos, near Turkey, when their light aircraft went down Monday evening. Their bodies were recovered by the Greek coastguard several hours later with the help of divers.
The ministry said consular officials at the embassy in Athens were in touch with the family and that it was helping to bring them to Israel for burial.
Officials said Tuesday that Greece’s Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Board was investigating the causes of the crash. “Shortly before landing, communication with the control tower on Samos was lost and the Civil Aviation Authority informed the search and rescue center about the loss of communication,” the authority said in a statement.