Saudi fighter plane crashes
World / 11 Feb '13, 9:02pm
Riyadh - A Saudi Arabian Tornado fighter crashed in the kingdom's Eastern Province during a training mission on Monday, but its crew survived, the defence ministry said.
The aircraft crashed at the King Abdul Aziz Airbase in Dhahran while on a “routine training mission,” state news agency SPA quoted a ministry official as saying.
FILE - In this undated file image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, shows a Tornado GR4. (AP Photo/Ministry of Defence, File). Credit: AP
“The crew escaped the accident unharmed,” the official said.
They said a “technical problem” caused the accident, and that a probe had been opened to find out the precisely what it was.
In December, A Saudi F-15 fighter crashed into Gulf waters during an exercise, killing its pilot.
Another F-15 crashed last April during a routine training exercise in the northwest of the Gulf kingdom, but its pilot was able to eject.
Saudi Arabia, a regular client for British military hardware, ordered a number of training aircraft from Britain in a deal worth $3 billion (2.2 million euros) in May. - Sapa-AFP