Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Plane crashes into houses in Yemen

Yemeni security forces look at the impact of a plane crash in Sanaa (AP)
Yemeni soldiers and firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at the site of a plane crash in Sanaa (AP)

A Yemeni military plane has crashed into a residential neighbourhood in the country's capital, Sanaa, killing 10 people and injuring 17, the defence ministry and security officials said.

The plane crashed during a training exercise, according to interior ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Mawry.

He said that it hit two houses in the al-Qadissiya district, and that the pilot was also killed in the crash.

The defence ministry confirmed the crash in a statement, saying the plane was on a training mission when it crashed, totally destroying one house and damaging others. It said an investigation is under way.

A witness, Ahmed Fathi, said he saw five bodies taken away by an ambulance.

Mr Fathi, who lives in the neighbourhood, also said that people were still believed to be under the rubble.

The neighbourhood is close to the main city square that was the epicentre of protests over the past two years.

Medical officials said the civilians killed in the crash included three women, two children and four men. They said they believed there were more victims under the rubble.

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