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Yemen: Jet Fighter Crashes, Killing Pilot

Monday, 15 Oct 2012 08:45 AM

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's defense ministry says a Russian-made jet fighter has crashed immediately after takeoff during a training mission, killing its pilot.

The ministry's online newspaper said the MiG-21 aircraft crashed Monday inside al-Annad air base in the southern province of Lahj due to technical failure.

It said the jet's pilot, Col. Atiq al-Akhali, was killed and a trainee was injured.

Al-Annad air base is the biggest in the country. It hosts a group of U.S. military advisers helping Yemeni troops fighting the local branch of al-Qaida, considered by the United States to be the terror network's most dangerous offshoot.

Yemen's air force has carried out strikes during the military's offensive against al-Qaida.

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