Middle East

Jordan military plane crashes, pilot survives

A picture downloaded from the US air force website shows a F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base landing on May 20, 2007 after performing a training mission of basic fighter maneuvers during the 2007 Falcon Air Meet in Azraq, Jordan. AFP PHOTO/US AIR FORCE/Wolfram M. Stumpf

AMMAN: A Jordanian air force plane on a training flight crashed on Sunday due to a technical fault, but the pilot survived the accident, state-run Petra news agency said.

On Sunday, "around noon (0900 GMT), a Royal Jordanian Air Force plane crashed after encountering a technical problem," Petra quoted an army statement as saying.

The pilot, "Capitan Ahmad Hazem Alawneh survived the crash," it said, without giving further details.

In May 2013, another Jordanian military plane, a Firefly, crashed in the north of the kingdom because of technical problems, killing the pilot and a trainee.





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