Training fighter plane crashes in southern Iran, killing pilot and copilot

Shiraz, Fars Prov., July 15, IRNA - The pilot and co-pilot of a training fighter plane died on Tuesday after it crashed on the outskirt of Bakhtegan district in this southern province.

A local Army officer told IRNA that the F-4 training fighter plane basically belonged to an airbase in the neighboring province of Hormuzgan but had taken off from Doran airbase of Shiraz before its crash.

Major General Hossein Mohamadi added that the plane crashed at 11:15 hours local time (0645 GMT) shortly after taking off from Shiraz airport.

اAccording to the officer, both pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft were killed in the incident.

He added investigations are underway to find out the cause of the crash.