CAIRO: Four military aircraft crew members, two Egyptians and two Emiratis, died after their craft crashed Wednesday during a joint military exercise in Egypt, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement.
A committee of specialists is tasked with investigating the incident.
“The Egyptian Armed Forces offers its sincere condolences to the righteous martyrs and their families,” the statement read.
A military source, on the condition of anonymity, told Youm7 Thursday that the aircraft was inside Egyptian territory and that a sudden technical malfunction in the engine caused the accident.
The source did not give the aircraft type or any other details, but said the incident happened near an Egyptian airport.
He explained that during the coming days, the investigation committee will reveil more information about the incident. He added that incidents of military exercise could happen anywhere around the world.
The first joint military exercise between Egypt and the UAE, dubbed “Zayed 1,” took place in March.
In October 2013, MENA reported one farmer was killed and three others were injured in Luxor after a military aircraft crashed during a military exercise carried out by the Egyptian armed forces.