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Iranian Pilot Dies after Fighter Jet Crashes

Iranian Pilot Dies after Fighter Jet Crashes

Saturday, 11 November, 2017 - 11:45
A Sukhoi SU-27 jet of the aerobatics team Russian Knights approaches to land at Kubinka Air Base in Kubinka, 65 kilometres outside Moscow, Russia on Oct. 15, 2015. (AP / Pavel Golovkin)

A pilot has died after his Sukhoi-22 jet fighter-bomber crashed in Iran’s south, the website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard reported Saturday.

The report on said the plane was taking part in a morning exercise in southern Fars province when it crashed.

The website did not give further details.

Iran has a history of air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance.

Iran has both Russian-made and US-made fighter planes. The US aircraft were delivered to Tehran before the 1979 Revolution that ousted the western-backed monarchy. Iran purchased Sukhoi fighter-bombers from Russia after the revolution.

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