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Bahraini pilot survives F-16 jet crash

December 30, 2015 (by Asif Shamim) - Saudi Arabia says a Bahraini pilot who was flying for a kingdom-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen has survived a plane crash caused by a technical failure.

The remains of a Royal Bahraini F-16 fighter jet which crashed near the Yemeni border region of Jizan. [Photo supplied by Al Arabiya News Channel]

The F-16 jet crashed in the kingdom's southwestern region of Jizan near the border with Yemen, the coalition said in a statement on the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Bahrain Defence Force general command confirmed that the jet crashed "while carrying out its national duty in defending the southern borders" of Saudi Arabia.

The pilot was "saved and is in good health," it said, adding that the plane's wreckage had been found and that an investigation had been launched.

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's internationally recognized government has been battling the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, since March. The United Nations says the civil war in the Arab world's poorest country has killed more than 5,800 people since then.

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RBAF F-16C block 40 #205 from 2 sqn is seen depating from Shaikh Isa AB on May 18th, 2008. [Photo by Frank Noort]