Jordanian air force training crash kills 2 pilots
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Jordanian air force training crash kills 2 pilots

Single-propeller plane crashes, killing local trainer and Iraqi military flying trainee

Illustrative image of a Firefly training aircraft. (photo credit: CC ASA 3.0 Wikipedia/MilborneOne)
Illustrative image of a Firefly training aircraft. (photo credit: CC ASA 3.0 Wikipedia/MilborneOne)

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s military said a propeller-driven training airplane crashed on Monday during a routine flight, killing the two pilots.

Army spokesman Col. Mamdouh Al-Amiri said the Firefly training plane crashed in a dedicated area for pilot training.

Al-Amiri identified the dead as Jordanian Lt. Col. Ibrahim Hasouneh and Iraqi trainee pilot Laith Nasser. He did not offer a cause for the crash.

Jordan’s military suffered a similar incident in 2013 when another Firefly crashed, killing the two pilots on board.

Jordan is currently part of a US-led coalition launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group, which controls a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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