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Iranian F-5 fighter jet crash kills two

Plane slams into mountainside near the border with Iraq

An F-5 'Tigershark' fighter jet (photo credit: TSGT Bob Simons, US Air Force)
An F-5 'Tigershark' fighter jet (photo credit: TSGT Bob Simons, US Air Force)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A news agency reports an Iranian F-5 fighter jet has crashed near the Iraqi border, killing two pilots.

The fighter crashed in highlands after it took off from a military air base in Dezful, 460 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran, according to a report by the semi-official Mehr news agency. It cited Morad Nasseri, governor of the nearby Abdanan region.

Nasseri said two pilots were killed in the crash. He said investigators arrived on the scene.

Iran’s air force has an assortment of US-made military aircraft, including F-5 Phantoms, purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It has also Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi planes.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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