Iran fighter jet crashes after engine fails, pilots survive

TEHRAN, 19 June 2022, (TON): An Iranian fighter plane crashed near the central city of Isfahan after its engine failed, but both pilots survived, media reported.

The official said “the pilots were taken to a local hospital.”

It said there was a technical failure in the engine of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat that led to the crash.

A clip by the agency showed columns of smoke billowing from the remains of the aircraft in a desert area.

Iran’s air force has an assortment of U.S.-made military aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the Tomcat F-14 is American-made.

It also has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi planes. Decades of Western sanctions have made it hard to obtain spare parts and maintain the aging aircraft.

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