Yemeni warplane crashes in Sanaa


Sanaa - A Yemeni air force plane crashed in the centre of the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 15, security sources said.

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A Yemeni soldier, right, looks at soldiers and fire fighters working to extinguish fire at the site of a plane crash in Sanaa, Yemen.The wing of a military aircraft is being pulled at the site of its crash by a police vehicle in Sanaa.

The Ministry of Defence said in a text message that the plane had been on a training flight when it came down in a western residential district.

Pictures of the crash on social media sites showed one body near burning wreckage of the aircraft. Several cars were on fire and debris littered the street. A security official said without elaborating that the pilot had ejected from the plane.

A military official said the aircraft was a Russian SU-22 fighter/ground attack aircraft. Yemen has 30 SU-22 and four SU-22UM3 warplanes in an air force with 79 capable aircraft in all, according to the International Institute of Strategic Studies' 2012 Military Balance reference book.

In November 2012, a Yemeni military transport plane crashed near Sanaa airport and burst into flames, killing all 10 people aboard. - Reuters

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