A US military aircraft was lost during a raid in Yemen that also resulted in the death of a service member and injuries to three others, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 January.
Images posted online showed the burnt-out remains of the a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor after it was destroyed by US forces following a heavy landing in the raid against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQIP).
“A US military aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing at a nearby location, resulting in an additional US injury. That aircraft was unable to fly after the landing [and] was then intentionally destroyed in place,” the DoD said.
According to the Pentagon, an estimated 14 AQIP fighters were killed in the 28 January raid on a headquarters complex. The DoD did not formally identify the lost aircraft as an Osprey or identify the units involved, nor did it say if the dead and/or wounded were aircrew or soldiers.
This action was the first to be ordered by President Donald Trump, and follows a number of airstrikes ordered in the final days of President Barack Obama against both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria and Libya respectively.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options: ihs.com/contact