A fighter jet crashed onto a soccer pitch in a metropolis in northwest Iran, the nation’s state-run information company reported Monday. The crash killed two pilots and a civilian.
IRNA stated the F-5 fighter crashed onto the sector in a residential space of Tabriz, a metropolis of 1.6 million residents. Authorities are investigating the incident, the report stated.
Gen. Reza Yousefi, commander of the air base in Tabriz, stated the crashed jet had been used for coaching and suffered a technical drawback on its last flight.
“Pilots couldn’t attain the runway,” he stated, in accordance with the report.
In an effort to keep away from crashing into the residential space, the pilots guided the jet to the soccer pitch, he stated. The report quoted Yousefi as saying: “The pilots sacrificed themselves. They may [have] used the ejection system, however they refused to do it.”
The pilots headed for the pitch “to maintain folks secure,” Yousefi stated within the report.
A state TV reporter on the crash scene stated that as a result of the pitch was not lengthy sufficient, the aircraft left the sector and hit a college wall.
Nobody was inside. Colleges had been closed amid Iran’s sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Iran’s air power has an assortment of U.S.-made navy plane bought earlier than the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It additionally has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi planes. Many years of Western sanctions have made it laborious to take care of the getting older fleet.