Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five Houthi drones aimed at Asir region

Five drones were shot down. (File/Reuters)
Updated 15 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five Houthi drones aimed at Asir region

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five drones launched by Houthi terrorists against targets in the Kingdom’s southern border region of Asir, a spokesman of the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen’s legitimate government said on Friday.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drones were targeted at Abha International Airport and the city of Khamis Mushayt on Thursday night, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

“Air traffic and airspace at Abha International Airport are operating normally, and there is no delay in flights and passenger traffic,” Al-Maliki said. He said: “The Houthi terrorist militia is trying to target civilian facilities in desperate and repeated attempts, without achieving any of their irresponsible and hostile objectives.” 

He added: “These drones were exposed and dropped. We stress our legitimate right to take appropriate deterrence measures, with such hostile acts and in conformity with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.” 

It was the second drone attack by the Iran-backed Houthis on Khamis Mushayt in four days. Last Monday, Saudi air defense forces shot down two drones launched toward the city.

Meanwhile, the Oman TV News website said on Friday that Muscat was following with “great concern the military escalation” in Yemen’s war as well as the missile strike on Abha airport.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.