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Saudi military jet crashes after collision with bird

Ministry of Defence says pilot managed to eject safely, came to earth with parachute

Saudi military jet crashes after collision with bird
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Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that one of its air forces jets had crashed in the north-western region of the kingdom.

An official source of the Ministry of Defence said that on Tuesday morning, a Saudi Hawk aircraft of Royal Saudi Air Forces was on a training mission in the Tabuk area, when it collided with a bird.

The collision, which led to a malfunction in one of its engines, caused the plane to crash, state news agency SPA reported.

The pilot managed to eject safely in a parachute, the source told SPA.

Last month, an Italian military aircraft crashed off the coast of Dubai.

Alenia Aermacchi, a unit of Finmeccanica told Arabian Business in a statement that the on board crew successfully ejected and "no serious injuries" were sustained.

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opsecusa 8 years ago

Maybe countries should invest more in raising birds and less in spending multi billion USD on fighter jets, it seems that birds can be useful in so many different ways.

Mark of Zoro 8 years ago

Opsecusa: good idea - or they should modify the engines to function as Engine/BBQ - any birds hitting the engines would be B-B-Qed and delivered straight to the cabin.

Telcoguy 8 years ago

opsecusa, if one bird gets into the turbine next time you are traveling home you may have a different view.