UAE aircraft crashes in Yemen, two pilots killed

United Arab Emirates (UAE) aircraft crashes in Yemen, two pilots killed, reported on Yemeni media on Tuesday.

Two Emirati pilots died when their aircraft crashed in Yemen, the UAE Armed Forces said on Tuesday evening.

Ali Al Mesmari and Badr Al Marashdeh were killed as a result of the accident, which was caused by a technical fault, the General Command said.

They did not state whether the aircraft was a helicopter or plane.

In a tweet, the command said they were serving in Operation Restoring Hope, the Saudi-led coalition mission to push back Iran-backed Houthi militia and restore the internationally recognised government.

According to state news agency WAM, Ali al-Mesmari and Bader al-Marashdeh “were martyred as a result of the crash of their aircraft following a technical defect while performing their mission in the coalition forces in Yemen”.

The UAE is part of the Arab alliance coalition fighting Houthi and Saleh militias in order to restore legitimacy in Yemen after a coup in 2014.

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