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Third Airplane Crashing in Sana’a in Less Than a Year

Roof view of the area of the accident. Parts of the Sukhoi 22 jet fighter exploded can be seen in the picture.By Asma Al-Mohattwari

By Asma Al-Mohattwari, Jihan Anwar, Maram alAbbasi

This morning, 13th of May, a jet fighter crashed in Sana’a.

A Sukhoi 22 military jet exploded in the air at 11.30am according to witnesses, leaving the pilot, Ibraheem alAghbari, dead. Parts of the plane exploded causing injuries and accidents in various part of 50 street, in Dar Salm area.

Ibrahem alDheibani reported that he was in the area to fill the water tank of one of the residences when he saw the plane exploding.

“I hid under the water truck and saw pieces of the airplane falling in all directions,” he said.

AlDheibani stated that the remaining of the jet fighter fell on a nearby car company injuring four employees.

Two building burned while the windows of other three constructions broke from the impact of the Sukhoi pieces.

A woman witness who was in her home at the time of the accident told National Yemen that as the plane exploded; she thought that her own house was on fire. “Then I went to the window and saw the blazing plane. I didn’t know what else to do except hold my daughter and wait for us to die,” she said.

AlDheibani, the water truck owner, was the one that put out the fire while the firefighter came only after it was extinguished.

This is the third accident in less than a year taking place in the capital Sana’a.

The last one was in 19th February 2013, in which 12 people died and 21 were injured following the crash of a Sukhoi 22 jet fighter in Change Square.  After an examination of the black box it was stated that the accident happened because of a technical problem in the jet.

The Ministry of Interior has started to conduct the investigations for this case and will provide ulterior information.