Iranian F-5 fighter jet crashes, killing pilot

The F-5 fighter jet was flying a training mission when it crashed while trying to land on a runway at Dezful Air Base in the southwestern Khuzestan Province on Sunday

An Iranian military plane crashed in the country’s south-western province of Khuzestan today morning, Iran’s media outlets reported Aug. 26.

The F-5 fighter jet belonging to the Iran’s Air Force crashed, due to technical fault, while landing in the 4th military air base in Dezful, Khouzestan province, Amir Isazadeh, governor of Dezful said.

He added that Iran’s prominent pilot, Colonel Manuchehr Fattahi, who was testing the overhauled fighter, was killed in the incident.

The second pilot, who was injured in the incident, has been taken to the hospital and his general condition is satisfactory, the official said.

Earlier in July, an Iranian F-4 fighter crashed in the country’s south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Two pilots of the plane managed to eject before the crash.

Also on May 29, two crew members of a light training aircraft of the army were killed as it crashed in southern Tehran. The army said the crash occurred due to technical problem.

A similar accident occurred in 2017 with a Sukhoi Su-22 fighter, killing both the pilot and co-pilot.

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