Two Qatari military training planes collide, pilots eject safely

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Pilots ejected safely after Qatari military training aircraft collide in mid-air, defence ministry says.

 

Two military training aircraft have collided in mid-air without causing any casualties in Qatar as both pilots ejected safely, according to the Gulf nation’s defence ministry.

 

The incident was announced on the ministry’s Twitter account on Wednesday without mention of the date or time of the incident.

 

“During a training flight a collision occurred between two training planes and the pilots were able to safely get out by using the ejection seat,” the statement said, without elaborating on the type of

the aircraft.

 

Qatar is home to the massive Al-Udeid Air Base, which hosts US Central Command’s forward headquarters and thousands of American troops.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Christine D Millette of US Air Force Central Command says US officials are “aware of the Qatari midair collision, but we have not been asked for support at this time”.

 

Qatar has spent about $30bn on military hardware since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain imposed a land, sea and air blockade on their Gulf neighbour in June 2017.

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