Saudi Air Force’s F-15S fighter jet crashes during drill

A Saudi Air Force jet crashed at the King Abdulaziz Air Base training grounds due to a technical breakdown during a routine drill, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.

According to the report which cited a ministry of defence statement, the incident took place on Sunday. The two pilots flying the F-15S fighter jet safely evacuated before the crash in the kingdom’s eastern province.

Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the ministry, said that the crew safely ejected and there were no injuries or losses on the ground.

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“No injuries or ground damages have been reported…An investigation committee has commenced its tasks to uncover the details and reasons behind this incident,” Al Maliki was quoted as saying.

The F-15 Eagle fighter jet is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by American aerospace firm McDonnell Douglas, which is now part of Boeing.