Iran fighter crash kills both crew: report
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Iran fighter crash kills both crew: report

An Iranian US-manufactured F-14 fighter jet crashed early on Thursday minutes after takeoff killing both crew, the Fars news agency reported.

"The pilot and the co-pilot of an F-14 plane that crashed this morning have been martyred," the news agency quoted the governor of Bushehr province on the Gulf coast, Jafar Pourkabgani, as saying.

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"The plane crashed due to technical failure and the investigation is ongoing," he added.

Iran retains a fleet of US-manufactured aircraft that it bought before the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Sanctions against Iran's controversial nuclear programme have taken a heavy toll on Iran's ability to maintain the fleet.

Iran has suffered a string of serious air accidents over the past decade that have cost more than 900 lives.

© 2012 AFP

Source : AFP

Published on ASDNews: Jan 26, 2012

 

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