Dubai: A pilot and a co-pilot of a trainer aircraft of the United Arab Emirates Air Force were killed today when it crashed during a routine training flight.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces confirmed the incident in a statement and said “competent authorities are examining the crash scene to determine the causes behind it”.

An investigation is underway, said the statement without specifying where in the Gulf state the aircraft crashed or the type of plane involved, state-run WAM news agency reported.

In September, a UAE military helicopter crashed, killing a crew member, while a pilot was killed when a jet crashed during a training mission in June.

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