Fighter jet crashes in Iran, 2 pilots killed: report

Two pilots have been killed in a fighter jet crash in Iran

Iran has mostly Soviet MiG and Sukhoi fighter jets dating back to the Soviet era. (Representative)

Tehran:

Two Iranian Air Force pilots were killed when their F-8 training plane crashed in the southern province of Isfahan on Tuesday, state broadcasters said.

“Two pilots were killed in a plane crash in Anark district this morning,” the broadcaster’s website said.

The deputy governor of the province, Mohammad-Reza Janesari, told the official IRNA news agency that the warplane was on a training mission when it crashed.

He also said that the cause of the incident has been investigated.

Iran’s air force has suffered a number of accidents in recent years. Officials have complained of difficulties in acquiring spare parts to keep its aging fleet in the air.

In February, an Iranian F-5 jet crashed into a residential area in the northwestern city of Tabriz, killing three people, including a two-member crew.

Iran has mostly Russian MiG and Sukhoi fighter jets from the Soviet era, as well as some Chinese aircraft, including the F-7.

Some American F-4 and F-5 fighter jets from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution are also part of its fleet.

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