Second disaster in a month: An Iranian fighter crashed near Isfahan

Second accident in a month
An Iranian fighter crashed near Isfahan

The second fighter crashed in Iran within a month. Because the regime in Tehran is subject to severe sanctions for various terrorist allegations, the air force is completely outdated and spare parts are missing. The army currently has over 300 machines.

Two pilots were injured in an F-14 crash in Iran. According to the Tasnim news agency, it was the second accident in the region in a month. The F-7 crashed on May 24, killing both pilots on board. “The F-14 fighter engine failed in the Isfahan area this morning,” Army spokesman Rassul Motamedi told Tasni. The pilot and co-pilot rescued themselves by ejection seat, were injured in a parachute landing and were immediately taken to hospital. According to Motamedi, the plane is “destroyed”.

In recent years, the local media has repeatedly reported on crashes of fighter jets in the country. In February, an F-5 crashed in the northwestern city of Tabriz, killing three people.

According to experts, the Iranian army has about 300 fighters from Russia, China, the USA and France, as well as some so-called Saekehas, the Iranian version of the American F-5 fighter. In 2006, Iran officially decommissioned its 80 US-made F-14 Tomcat fighters. However, as Tehran is unable to purchase new Western aircraft due to sanctions, the aircraft are still on duty.

Mysterious deaths among the Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s state media only reported on Monday that two aviation experts had died in the “operations”. Ali Kamani, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ air force, was “tortured” during a “mission” in Khomeini’s city center, Fars said. Mohammad Abdus, a 33-year-old aviation expert, also died in a separate incident in the northern Iranian province of Semnan. Nothing was initially known about the circumstances of the death.

Colonel Ali Esmailsadeh, the Al-Quds brigade commander, died in an accident at his home almost three weeks ago, according to state media reports. The Al-Quds Brigades are an elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards and are responsible for operations abroad. On May 22, Colonel Sajjad Chodai, a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Guards, was assassinated in Tehran. According to a report in the New York Times, the state of Israel is behind the assassination.

The Tel Aviv government is therefore expecting retaliatory attacks on its citizens in the Turkish capital Istanbul this weekend and has issued a travel warning to Turkey.

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