x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Military plane crashes in Sanaa neighbourhood, killing at least 9

A witness says two houses were completely destroyed in the crash and that people were still believed to be under the rubble.

Military personnel and fire fighters try to extinguish a fire where a military plane crashed in Sanaa on Tuesday. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Military personnel and fire fighters try to extinguish a fire where a military plane crashed in Sanaa on Tuesday. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

SANAA // A Yemeni military plane crashed today into a neighborhood in the country's capital, killing at least nine people and injuring 18, medical and security officials said.

The plane crashed during a training exercise, according to the interior ministry spokesman Mohammed Al Mawry. It hit two houses in the Al Qadissiya district, Mr Al Mawry said. He said the pilot was also killed in the crash.

The spokesman did not give a reason for the crash but said military experts were investigating the incident.

Ahmed Fathi, a resident, said he saw five burnt bodies taken away by an ambulance. Mr Fathi also said two houses were completely destroyed in the crash and that people were still believed to be under the rubble.

The neighbourhood is close to the main city square that was the epicentre of Yemen's uprising and protests in the past two years.

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