US-Made F-5 Fighter Jet Crashes In Iran, Killing Three
A Northrop F-5 fighter jet used by the Iranian military crashed into a wall of a school in Tabriz city on Monday. According to the reports, this tragic crash has cost 3 lives. Iranian TV reported that both pilots and a civilian on the ground have been killed because of the crash.
The Northrop F-5 is a supersonic light fighter aircraft manufactured by the Northrop Corporation. This fighter aircraft is primarily used by the United States Navy, the Republic of China Air Force, the Republic of Korea Air Force, and the Iranian Air Force.
Army spokesman Shahin Taqi-Khani said that the school was closed at the time of the crash and a technical failure appeared to be the cause of the crash and further investigations are underway.
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According to him, The pilot, trainee pilot, and a civilian passing by car at the time of the crash have been killed.
Iran has a poor air safety record with repeated crashes and most of the crashes involving US-built aircraft which were bought before the 1979 Islamic revolution.
After Iranian students took US diplomats hostage in 1980, the US broke diplomatic ties with Iran and imposed sanctions on them. This made it difficult for Iran to buy spare parts for their military and civilian aircraft.