Two UAE fighter pilots killed in jet crash in Yemen

F16 fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrive at an air base in Jordan Feb. 8, 2015. (Reuters)

The Arab coalition said on Monday that two Emirati pilots were killed after their jet crashed in Yemen.

The Saudi state news agency SPA said that the crash was caused by “technical difficulties.”

Earlier today the UAE said that a fighter jet had gone missing during a Yemen combat mission.

"The Supreme Command of the Armed Forces announced today that a fighter jet taking part in the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia... in Yemen was missing," said a statement on the official WAM news agency.

The UAE is a major backer of the Arab -led coalition fighting on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government against Houthi militias that control the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50