ABU DHABI // The two Emirati pilots who died during military exercises in Egypt on Wednesday night were laid to rest near their UAE homes on Friday.
First Lt Pilot Saif Khalaf Saif Al Zaabi and First Lt Pilot Abdullah Ali Al Hamoudi were killed when their plane crashed during a joint UAE-Egypt military exercise. Two Egyptians were also killed in the crash.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, offered condolences to the pilots’ families.
“We lost two of our countrymen, who exemplified excellence, discipline, courage and loyalty, and died for their country,” he said.
Sheikh Hamdan said the whole of the UAE was grieving for the loss of the two officers, adding that the country was proud of them and of all who perform their duty in defence of the country, according to state news agency Wam.
Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, also offered his condolences to Al Hamoudi’s family, as did Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah.
Egyptian officials said the crash was caused by a technical failure.
Al Zaabi was laid to rest in Kalba, Sharjah, while Al Hamoudi was buried in Al Tuwaieen, Fujairah.
Published: December 19, 2014 04:00 AM