DUBAI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces announced on Tuesday the death of two pilots after their aircraft crashed, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
Commander-in-Chief Ali Saeed Saif Al-Massmari and First Pilot Bader Yahya Mohammed Al-Marashdeh were killed in the crash, a result of "a technical malfunction in the operations of the coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia," said the WAM statement.
The General Command of the Armed Forces extended its condolences to the families of the killed air servicemen.
Since March 2015, a Saudi-led military coalition has been fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The UAE is one of the nine Arab states to support Yemen's internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.