Nine people were killed in the plane crash in Sana’a on Tuesday, a Yemeni newspaper reported online.

Passers-by were among the nine dead after the military plane hit three buildings and crashed in the city, Al-Masdar said in its online edition.

The accident occurred during a training exercise, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Mawry. It hit two houses in the al-Qadissiya district, al-Mawry told The Associated Press. He said the pilot was also killed in the crash.

The spokesman did not give a reason for the crash but said military experts were investigating the incident.

An eyewitness, Ahmed Fathi, said he saw five burnt bodies taken away by an ambulance. Fathi, who lives in the neighbourhood, also said two houses were completely destroyed in the crash and that people were still believed to be under the rubble.

The neighbourhood is close to the main city square that was the epicentre of Yemen’s uprising and protests in the past two years.

Medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media, said the civilians killed in the crash included three women, two children and four men. They said there were more victims under the rubble.

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