Two Iranian fighter jet pilots killed activating ejection seats for takeoff

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Two Iranian fighter jet pilots are killed when ejection seats are activated before taking off ‘and slamming them into hangar roof’

  • Fatal accident happened when jet ejection seats malfunctioned, activated
  • Took place at Dezful Vahdati Air Force Base, 444 km south of capital Tehran
  • Iranian state television identified the F-5 pilots as Kianoush Basati and Hossein Nami

Two Iranian fighter jet pilots were killed on Tuesday when their ejection seats were activated for takeoff and they slammed into the roof of the hangar.

State broadcaster IRIB reported that the F-5 fighter jet had a “technical problem” in which both pilots, identified as Kianoush Basati and Hossein Nami, were killed.

The report said the incident took place at Dezful Vahdati Air Force Base, about 444 kilometers (270 miles) south of the capital Tehran, and near the border with Iraq.

Two Iranian fighter jet pilots were killed on Tuesday when their ejection seats were activated for takeoff and they slammed into the roof of the hangar.

Two Iranian fighter jet pilots were killed on Tuesday when their ejection seats were activated for takeoff and they slammed into the roof of the hangar.

State broadcaster IRIB reported that the F-5 fighter jet had a

State broadcaster IRIB reported that the F-5 fighter jet had a “technical problem” that triggered the ejection seats, killing Kianoush Basati (right) and Hossein Nami (left).

State television channel IRNA said the incident took place before takeoff, but did not go further.

Social media users identified Basati as Colonel and Nami as Lieutenant.

Authorities have cordoned off the site pending an investigation into the cause of the Iranian Air Force’s jet fighter jet failure, the report said.

Several Twitter users shared images of the pilots, identifying the as Martyr Kianoush Basati (left) and Hossein Nami (right)

Several Twitter users shared images of the pilots, identifying the as Martyr Kianoush Basati (left) and Hossein Nami (right)

Ali Farahmandpour, deputy governor and special governor of Dezful, told the broadcaster: “This incident is being investigated by a review team from Tehran.”

He denied any suggestion that the plane was in the air at the time of the accident and said no flights were scheduled from the base on Tuesday.

The age of the aircraft was not immediately clear. The Iranian Air Force still operates an assortment of US-made military aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

It also has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi aircraft, but decades of Western sanctions have made it difficult to maintain its aging fleet.

The Iranian Air Force still operates a range of US-made military aircraft, including the F-5 fighter jet, purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution

The Iranian Air Force still operates a range of US-made military aircraft, including the F-5 fighter jet, purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution

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