Two pilots killed as UAE fighter jet crashes in Yemen

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Dubai, March 14 (IANS) A UAE fighter jet, reported missing earlier on Monday, crashed in Yemen killing both pilots on board, defence officials said.

The Riyadh-based command of the Saudi-led Arab coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen said two UAE pilots died when their Mirage aircraft crashed due to “technical malfunction”, Xinhua cited the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as reporting.

No other details were provided about the crash.

Earlier in the day, UAE state news agency WAM reported that a military aircraft went missing in Yemen, citing the UAE Supreme Command of the Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting Houthi rebels to restore the administration of internationally recognised President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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