A Yemeni air force plane crashed in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday (February 19), killing at least 12 people, security sources said. State news agency Saba said three women and two children were among those killed when the plane, on a training flight, came down in a western residential district. Eleven people were wounded, security sources said. Pictures from the aftermath of the crash showed a chaotic crowded street with smoke rising from a nearby building as ambulances, fire trucks and water truck worked to help those affected. A security official said the pilot had ejected from the plane. There was no immediate word on whether he had survived. "A military jet was flying and it came down towards the house. The air pressure damaged the house and killed many residents," one witness, Majeed Abdulla, said. A military official said the plane was a Russian SU-22 fighter/ground attack aircraft. Yemen has 30 SU-22s and four SU-22UM3s in an air force with 79 capable aircraft in all, according to the 2012 Military Balance handbook issued by the International Institute of Strategic Studies. In November 2012, a Yemeni military transport plane crashed near Sanaa airport and burst into flames, killing all 10 people aboard.
From: Muslim Voice
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