A pilot involved in Saturday's crash of an Israeli jet was upgraded to moderate condition, Rambam Medical Center in Haifa announced on Sunday. Trauma Unit director Dr. Yaron Bar Lavie said the pilot was removed from his respirator and he is fully conscious.
"We are happy to report that the condition of the pilot has gotten better. We have ceased the anesthesia and he has returned to full consciousness ... and now his condition is good. His wife his with him and he's talking to her," said Bar-Lavi.
President Reuven Rivlin visited the wounded pilot on Sunday afternoon.
The second pilot of the jet that was allegedly shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, who was mildly wounded, could be released as early as today, Dr. Mickey Halbertal, deputy director or the hospital told Army Radio on Sunday morning.
Halbertal said the mildly wounded pilot suffered injuries from his parachute fall and the other one suffered a penetrating wound to his chest and abdomen.
"His chances for healing are good. there will be pain and treatments, but I assess he will recuperate."