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Jordan's military says training airplane crashes during routine flight, killing 2 pilots


AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's military says a training propeller airplane has crashed during a routine flight, killing two pilots onboard.

Army spokesman Col. Mamdouh Al-Amiri said the Firefly training plane crashed Monday in a dedicated area for pilot training.

Al-Amiri identified the dead as Jordanian Lt. Col. Ibrahim Hasouneh and Iraqi trainee pilot Laith Nasser. He did not offer a cause for the crash.

Jordan's military suffered a similar incident in 2013 when another Firefly crashed, killing the two pilots on board.

Jordan is currently part of a U.S.-led coalition launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group, which controls a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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