Egyptian Air Force General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed under unknown circumstances. The pilot died in the crash.
A spokesperson for the Egyptian Army said that a fighter jet crashed on a ‘training area’. An Al Quwwat Al Jawwiya Il Misriya (EAF, Egypt Air Force) F-16 crashed in Egypt’s North Sinai on 14 January 2020.
The F-16 came down near the town of Rafah. The Egyptian government confirmed that the sole pilot was killed in the crash. Authorities report the Fighting Falcon was performing a training flight. Further details remain unknown.
Elements of ISIS, active reported to be in the northern part of the Sinai, claims it shot down the F-16 with an SA-6 missile. This, however, is unconfirmed so far. ISIS used its social media channels to broadcast its claim.
The Egyptian military has said a pilot name Hisham Hasani was killed when an air force fighter jet crashed during training on Tuesday, according to a statement.
— On the Ground News (@OGNreports) January 14, 2020
The jet crashed during training at a practice area, the statement said. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Last month, an Egyptian fighter jet crashed due to a technical malfunction during a training sortie. The pilot managed to safely parachute to the ground.
A spokesperson for the Egyptian Army said that a fighter jet crashed during a ‘training area’.
The pilot is dead. The reason for the crash has not been revealed.