DUBAI - A Boeing AH-64Apache attack helicopter operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) has crashed in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf, killing the two pilots on board, as the Saudi-led coalition presses ahead with its atrocious aerial bombardment campaign against the impoverished Arab country.
The UAE 's official WAM news agency reported on Tuesday evening that the four-blade and twin-turboshaft aircraft went down due to a technical glitch.
The report identified those onboard the helicopter as Major Ali al-Mismari and First Lieutenant Badr al-Murshedah.
Yemeni sources, requesting anonymity, said the helicopter had crashed in the Khabb wa ash Sha'af district of Jawf province, located approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of the capital Sana'a.
Yemen's official Saba news agency reported on August 11 that a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter of the UAEAF had crashed in the Amqeel area of Ar Rawdah district in the south-central Yemeni province of Shabwah.
The general command of the UAE’s armed forces confirmed that four of its soldiers were killed after their helicopter was hit by a technical fault.
However, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition engaged in a war in Yemen, later said the pilot made an emergency landing in the area due to “a technical defect while returning from an operation in Yemen.”