Terrorists Capture Flier Ron Arad

October 16, 1986

Ron Arad, the 28-year-old navigator of an Israeli F-4 Phantom II, is captured by the Shia terrorist group Amal after parachuting out of his burning aircraft over Lebanon.
Amal demands $3 million and the release of 200 Lebanese and 450 Palestinians in return for Arad, and the negotiations fall apart. Mustafa Dirani, who heads the Believing Resistance movement, instead sells the Israeli to the Iranians for $300,000 in December 1987.
He is rumored to be executed in 1992, then reportedly still alive in 1994. Reports in 2016 indicate that he was tortured to death in 1988. He is officially missing in action but is widely believed to be dead after more than 30 years.