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Saudi jet lost over Yemen

08 January 2018

A Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) combat aircraft was lost during operations over Yemen on 7 January, the Kingdom’s state media announced.

The aircraft, which the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) described as being a ‘twin-seater fighter jet’, reportedly came down at 1540 h local time after suffering what the Arab Coalition Forces Command described as a technical malfunction. At about the same time as the SPA announcement, the Houthi movement said it had shot down a Saudi Panavia Tornado over Yemen’s Saada province.

According to Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the spokesman of the Arab Coalition Forces Command, both crew members were later rescued and that neither had sustained injury.

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