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Saudi Tornado GR4 Fighter Bomber Crashes In Yemen Due To Technical Error

Saudi Tornado GR4 Fighter Bomber Crashes In Yemen Due To Technical Error

The plane "had a technical failure at 15:40 (1840 GMT) and crashed... in an area of operations" in Yemen, Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told AFP.

The Saudi-led military coalition, which is launching airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, sealed off Yemen after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels toward the Saudi capital city of Riyadh in early November.

Col. Al-Malki said land and air forces of the Arab Coalition Forces successfully jointly carried out a search and rescue operation to evacuated the two pilots from the crash scene. The jet belonging to the Saudi Royal Air Force experienced a technical fault and crashed in the war zone.

The Tornado is a British-made warplane from BAE Systems, initially introduced in the 1980s and still in use mostly in Western Europe.




Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the Yemen conflict, one of the worst man-made disasters in recent decades, targeting Houthi rebels for almost three years. The intervention has yielded modest military gains, as large parts of the country are still under control of the Houthi rebel group.

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh's party named a new leader after he was killed by his one-time allies in the country's civil war, the Houthi movement, last month.

This is his first visit to Yemen since his appointment to seek arrangements for holding talks planned by the United Nations between the Yemeni warring parties, the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed Sunni government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


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