SAUDI EUROFIGHTER CRASHES, PILOT KILLED

It is the fourth accident involving an Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.

Saudi Eurofighter Typhoon crash
Royal Saudi Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon

A Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet crashed during a combat mission over Yemen on Sept. 13, 2017.

The Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen said the Typhoon crashed into a mountain in Al Wade’a district killing its pilot identified as Mahna al-Biz, Saba news agency reported.

According to authorities, the combat aircraft suffered a technical failure during a Close Air Support mission.

It is the second fatal accident that involves a Saudi Eurofighter pilot, on Aug. 2010 a Saudi army lieutenant colonel died during a training flight aboard a Spanish double-seat Eurofighter Typhoon. A few minutes after takeoff, the plane hit the ground. The plane was being flown by a Spanish instructor, who was not injured in the ejection.

This is the fourth accident involving a Eurofighter along with three others in Spain.

The first accident happened on November 21, 2002 when a prototype crashed near Toledo due to a engine failure. Both pilots ejected safely. The second occurred at the Saudi officer in 2010 and the third jet crashed before landing at the MorĂ³n AFB on June 9, 2014. The pilot died in the crash.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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