Pilot killed in MIG-21 plane crash [Archives:2005/873/Local News]

September 1 2005

Hodeida, Aug. 30- News just in, a Meg-21 fighter jet has crashed killing the only pilot. Sources told the Yemen Times: ” a Meg-21, Russian manufactured and belonging to the 67 Aviation Division west of Hodeida, crashed last Sunday morning while lieutenant Riyadh Ali Zayed , was in undertaking aeronautical exercises”

Members of the press have claimed that the aircraft was not only very old and beyond it's period of usefulness, but also poorly maintained.

This is the third crash this year, the second of the same model in 2005 and the tenth over a six-year period.