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.
“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.