Saudi air force pilot dies in helicopter crash
A defense ministry statement said the pilot was on a ‘routine training trip’
Saudi Arabia’s military blamed a “technical error” for a helicopter crash that killed a pilot during a training mission on Sunday.
The air force machine went down in the Taif area, more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the border with Yemen.
A defense ministry statement said the pilot was on a “routine training trip.”
Since March 26, a Saudi-led Arab air coalition has been bombing Iran-backed Houthi militia group in Yemen, while also assisting local anti-rebel forces on the ground.
Coalition helicopters have joined the fight.
In late August, two pilots died when a coalition Apache gunship crashed in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan district along the border.
Houthis said they had shot down an Apache in the same region.
On Sunday, anti-rebel forces in Yemen began a major offensive aimed at pushing the Houthis out of Marib province and eventually moving on the capital Sanaa which the Houthis seized last year.
- Saudi to treat UAE, Bahraini soldiers killed in Yemen as citizens
- Saudi Arabia inks $54 mln deals with U.N. agencies for Yemen relief
- Ten Saudi soldiers killed near Yemeni border
- EXCLUSIVE: Saudi spared Yemen from years of infighting: Yemeni VP
- Saudi ‘committed’ to helping rebuild Yemen
- Saudi forces mobilize towards al-Horth region bordering Yemen
- Saudi officer killed in cross-border fire from Yemen
- Shelling from Yemen kills Saudi border guard