A Mirage 2000 fighter from the United Arab Emirates in 2008 (Image © Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon / USAF)

United Arab Emirates fighter jet lost in Yemen

A UAE Air Force Mirage 2000D-9 crashed in Yemen, during combat operations against Houthi forces. The loss of the aircraft has been confirmed by UAE officials on Monday 14 March 2016.

Why the plane went down is not known. UAE officials later confirmed both crew was killed.

Fifth loss

It is the fifth known loss of a combat aircraft in the Yemeni war operations. A Bahraini Air Force F-16 crashed due to a technical error in December.A Saudi Armed Forces AH-64 was shot down on 21 August. In May 2015 a Moroccan F-16 crashed, killing the pilot. A Saudi fighter pilot was rescued by US forces after a technical failure downed his F-15S Eagle in March 2015.

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Featured image: A Mirage 2000 fighter from the United Arab Emirates in 2008 (Image © Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon / USAF)