Saudi military helicopter crashes in Yemen, killing 12 officers

Gwen Vasquez
April 19, 2017

The Saudi-led military coalition said the Black Hawk helicopter came down in the eastern province of Marib on April 18, coinciding with US Defense Secretary James Mattis' visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to discuss the issue of Yemen with Saudi leaders.

According to a coalition statement, a USA -made Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the Saudi armed forces crashed in Yemen's eastern Maarib province on Tuesday, killing 12 Saudi military personnel, including four high-ranking officers.

The casualties include four officers and eight non-commissioned officers.

The cause of the crash is not known and is being investigated, the agency added.

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The death toll was one of the largest in a single incident involving Saudi forces since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 to try to roll back the dominant Houthi group and restore President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi to power.

In September 2015, a rebel missile strike on a coalition base in Marib killed 67 coalition soldiers, a lot of them Emiratis.

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A Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter of the Saudi Armed Force crashed in the morning while on a mission in Marib. Ten Saudis were also killed in that incident.

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