Iranian F-14 Fighter Jet Crashes Near Persian Gulf, Killing Both Crewmen
The accident happened at around 4:30 am local time when a U.S.-manufactured Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet crashed near the village of Kereband in the southern coastal province of Bushehr, the Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
MNA said the accident took place about three minutes after take-off as the result of a “technical malfunction,” but gave no specific details. The agency said both the pilot and co-pilot were killed.
Iranian aircraft are frequently involved in accidents which the Iranian government blames on sanctions by the international community. The sanctions, mainly over the country’s nuclear program, prevent airlines and the government from buying spare parts and carrying out proper maintenance.
Iran’s first F-14 was purchased from the US in 1976 while the two countries still maintained friendly diplomatic ties. The US Navy retired its last F-14 in 2006.
With NYCAviation reporting