| 30 November 2023, Thursday |

IRGC fighter jet crashes in Iran due to ‘technical failure,’ pilots survive

An Iranian fighter jet belonging to the organization crashed on Wednesday at an air base in the city of Shiraz owing to a “technical malfunction.” State media reported this citing the IRGC, according to a statement from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

According to a statement from the IRGC obtained by the semi-official Fars news agency, “a Sukhoi 22 aircraft belonging to the IRGC’s Aerospace Force experienced a mechanical breakdown during taking off at the Shiraz Air Base on Wednesday morning, and the pilots were forced to eject themselves from the jet.”

The pilot and co-pilot “are in perfect health due to their timely reaction,” the statement added.

Iran has a history of similar crashes among its faltering fleet.

In June, an Iranian Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet crashed near the central city of Isfahan after its engine failed. 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.

Iran’s air force has an assortment of US-made military aircraft purchased before the 1979 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.

  • alarabiya