F-5 fighter plane crash kills 3 in Iran’s northwest – What We Know!

F-5 fighter plane crash kills 3 in Iran's northwest

TEHRAN – A fighter jet crashed right into a stadium in a metropolis in northwest Iran, the nation’s state-run information company reported Monday. The crash killed two pilots and a civilian.

IRNA stated the F-5 fighter crashed right into a stadium in a residential space of Tabriz, a metropolis of 1.6 million residents. Authorities are investigating the incident, the report stated.

Gen. Reza Yousefi, commander of the air base in Tabriz, stated the crashed jet had been used for coaching and suffered a technical downside on its last flight.

“Pilots couldn’t attain the runway,” he stated, in accordance with the report.

In an effort to keep away from crashing into the residential space, the pilots guided the jet to the stadium, he stated. The report quoted Yousefi as saying, “Pilots sacrificed themselves, they might (have) used the ejection system, however they refused to do it.”

As a substitute, they headed for the stadium “to maintain individuals secure,” Yousefi stated within the report.

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Iran’s air power has an assortment of U.S.-made army plane bought earlier than the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It additionally has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi planes. Many years of Western sanctions have made it exhausting to keep up the ageing fleet.

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