An F-16 crash has claimed the life of Lieutenant Assaf Ramon, the son of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart in 2003. One year after losing his father, Assad revealed his own astronaut aspirations. "I want to share my father's experiences, and to understand what he felt," he said at the time. "I think I'll feel closer to him that way."
Initial suspicions of what caused the crash focus on vertigo.