U.A.E. Fighter Jet Crashes Into Mountain in Yemen Combat

Officials locate, identify remains of plane previously reported as 'lost.'

A Yemeni man stands next to a damaged vehicle after an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
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REUTERS - A United Arab Emirates fighter plane taking part in operations in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition has come down in the southern city of Aden and the pilot's fate is not known, a local official said on Monday.

Hani al-Yazidi, director of the Buraiqa district in northern Aden, said authorities had found wreckage of the plane after it crashed into a mountain.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

The U.A.E. armed forces had earlier said in a brief statement that the jet taking part in the fighting was "lost."

Helicopters from the Saudi-led coalition have taken part in military operations by the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Islamist militants holed up in al-Mansoura district, also in northern Aden east of Buraiqa, where at least 18 people had died in overnight fighting on Sunday.

The coalition entered Yemen's civil war in March last year to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Iran-allied Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh ousted him from power.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

At least two jets from the alliance have crashed since the start of the campaign.

In May 2015 a Moroccan F-16 warplane crashed while on a mission with the alliance in Yemen, and the Houthi militia said tribesmen had shot down the aircraft.

In December a Bahraini F-16 jet from the coalition crashed in Yemen's neighbour, Saudi Arabia, after a technical fault.