Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Northrop F-5E Tiger II crashes in Dezful, Khuzestan province – Iran. The pilot was killed, while the co-pilot survived and was hospitalized.
Fighter jet was on a training mission when it crashed while trying to land on a runway at Dezful Air Base in the southwestern Khuzestan Province on Sunday
The pilot, an Iranian colonel, died in the crash, the commander of Dezful’s police told Fars News Agency.
The co-pilot survived the incident and was rushed to the hospital.
The spokesperson for the air base said that the jet suffered a “technical malfunction” while in flight, and commended the crew for managing to bring the plane to the runway, avoiding greater destruction.
The crash happened a week after Iran officially unveiled its first domestically-made fighter plane, the Kowsar.
Earlier in July, an Iranian F-4 fighter crashed in the country’s south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Two pilots of the plane managed to eject before the crash.
Also on May 29, two crew members of a light training aircraft of the army were killed as it crashed in southern Tehran. The army said the crash occurred due to a technical problem.