An F-14 fighter jet crashed on Saturday whereas on a mission in central Iran, inflicting accidents to its two crew members, media within the Islamic republic reported.
“The fighter jet suffered a technical fault… and the pilot and co-pilot landed with parachutes,” mentioned Rassoul Motamedi, spokesman for the army in Isfahan province the place the crash occurred.
“The pilot and co-pilot have been injured… and have been instantly taken to hospital for remedy,” he was quoted as saying by Tasnim information company, including that the aircraft was destroyed.
It was the second such incident in Isfahan province in lower than a month, after two air pressure crewmen have been killed when their F-7 coaching plane went down.
The air pressure in sanctions-hit Iran has suffered a number of crashes lately, with officers complaining of difficulties in buying spare elements to maintain its ageing fleet within the air.
In February, an Iranian F-5 jet crashed in a residential space of the northwestern metropolis of Tabriz, killing three folks together with its two-man crew.
Iran has largely Russian MiG and Sukhoi fighter jets that date again to the Soviet period, in addition to some Chinese language plane, together with the F-7, French Mirage jets and American F-4 and F-5 fighter planes.
The Islamic republic has 80 F-14 Tomcats, a warplane that served within the US Navy from 1972 till 2006, when it was withdrawn.
Tehran has continued to make use of them as a result of American sanctions towards Iran within the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution forestall it from shopping for extra fashionable Western jets.
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