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Saudi fighter crashes in Yemen

15 September 2017

A Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) combat aircraft has crashed during operations over Yemen, killing the pilot, the service announced on 14 September.

Media reports have identified the unspecified Saudi fighter that was lost over Yemen as being a Eurofighter Typhoon. (BAE Systems)Media reports have identified the unspecified Saudi fighter that was lost over Yemen as being a Eurofighter Typhoon. (BAE Systems)

The undisclosed aircraft type came down in the region of Abyan in southern Yemen due to an unspecified “technical malfunction”, according to the official government Saudi Press Agency.

“At 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening, an aircraft of Saudi Royal Air Forces [crashed] due to a technical failure in the area of Abyan in Yemen while carrying out [an] operational task to support the war against Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation, which resulted in the martyrdom of Wing Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) Muhanna bin Saad Al-Baiz,” the agency said.

Saudi Arabia operates the Panavia Tornado, Boeing F-15 Eagle, and Eurofighter Typhoon in the combat role. A number of media outlets have reported that the aircraft lost was a Typhoon.

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