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Iranian F-14 Fighter Jet Crashes, No Casualties

By RFE/RL's Radio Farda June 18, 2022

An F-14 fighter jet belonging to Iran's military crashed in the central Isfahan region on June 18 due to a technical failure, Iranian news agencies reported.

The pilot and co-pilot ejected safely and suffered only minor injuries, IRNA reported.

"An Air Force F-14 fighter plane suffered a technical failure during a mission this morning as it was landing in the Shahid Babaei base in Isfahan," IRNA said.

Rasul Motamedi, head of the military's public relations department in Isfahan, told Fars news agency that the U.S.-made warplane was on a training mission in the area.

Iran's air force has an assortment of U.S.-made military aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution as well as Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi warplanes.

Decades of Western sanctions have made it hard to obtain spare parts and maintain the aging fleet.

In May a fighter jet crashed in the central desert of Iran, killing both pilots. In February, a fighter jet plunged into a soccer field in the country's northwestern city of Tabriz, killing both pilots and a civilian.

With reporting by Reuters and AP

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/iranian-fighter- jet-crashes-/31904101.html

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