Pilot dead in Ras al Khaimah air crash

Hawk aircraft crashes during UAE Air Force routine training mission.

An air force trainer aircraft crashed in Ras al Khaimah yesterday killing the pilot, the UAE military said yesterday.

The Hawk trainer jet, part of the UAE's Air Force, was on a routine training exercise.

The military said an investigation was under way that would determine the cause of the crash.

The Hawk is a British-made jet trainer aircraft, and one of its biggest operators is the Royal Air Force. The UAE is believed to operate more than 30 of the planes.

It has two seats but only one pilot was on board when it crashed.