Saudi jet fighter downed in northern Yemen

Tehran, July 12, IRNA – An official with Yemen Defense Ministry said late Thursday that a Saudi Arabian jet fighter was downed on the way back from a military operation in Saada province in northern Yemen.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Yemeni official did not referred to the type of the warplane and probable casualties.

The Saudi-led coalition also confirmed crash of the Saudi Ari Force’s jet fighter, but said the crash was due to a technical fault.

The Saudi-led coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement that one of the Tornado fighters belonging to Saudi Air Force crashed after returning from a training mission due to technical failure.

He noted that the two pilots of the fighter survived the incident without suffering any injury.

Panavia Tornado is a twin-engine and multipurpose fighter made by a consortium of three countries of Britain, Italy and Germany.
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