Video: Iran Air Force IL-76MD AWACS Plane Crashes During 2009 Military Parade
All seven crewmembers were killed in the crash, which reportedly was initiated when the IL-76 collided with a HESA Saeqeh fighter jet escort. The footage was apparently shot from the back of a refueling aircraft.
The incident occurred during a flyover of an annual military parade, which celebrated President Ahmidinejad’s scheduled address to the United Nations General Assembly the following day. The Russian-built jet crashed near the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeni.
In an odd twist, the downed jet was actually built for Saddam Hussein in the 1970s. Iraq flew it to Iran for safekeeping during the second Gulf War, and Iran kept it, possibly getting some radar upgrade help from Russia before putting it into service. It was Iran’s only AWACS-capable aircraft at the time.