Middle East

Jordanian pilot killed in F-16 fighter jet crash

State media says a Jordanian pilot was killed when his F-16 fighter jet crashed outside an air base after a technical malfunction.

The official news agency Petra says the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off Monday. It identified the pilot as Maj. Ayed al-Deajah

The kingdom previously lost an F-16 fighter pilot two years ago when his aircraft crashed in Syria. The pilot was captured by Islamic State extremists who later burned him to death while he was trapped in a cage.