Two Emirati pilots have reportedly died in a crash on Monday after the fighter aircraft went down due to “technical issues” in Yemen, Saudi state television reported.
The announcement comes after the state-run WAM news agency of the United Arab Emirates announced the “loss of F-16 fighter aircraft”, which was taking part in operations against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen on Monday.
However, the report did not specify how and when the plane went down.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reported that security officials in Yemen's southern city of Aden said the jet crashed in the city's western district of al-Buraiqeh, where parts of its wreckage were found.
The jet went down after hitting a mountain in the area while flying low on a mission against insurgents believed to be members of al-Qaeda, the officials added.