A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 jet crashed in the Gulf during a routine training exercise late on Sunday and the search for the pilot is still continuing, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the defense ministry as saying on Monday.
Pilot Officer Fahad Bin Faleh Al-Msarir was on a routine training mission late Sunday in King Abdulaziz Air Base located in the Eastern Region, the defense ministry said
“The plane suffered an accident leading to its fall in the territorial waters of Saudi Arabia and investigation is undergoing,” SPA added. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and main Arab ally of the United States, also has Tornadoes and Typhoons in its air force.
Last year Washington announced a $29.4 billion deal to sell the new F-15, made by Boeing, to the Saudi air force. Industry sources have said the Saudis will buy 84 of the jets.