An Iranian pilot has died after his Sukhoi-22 fighter-bomber jet crashed in southern Iran, the website of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps reports. The November 11 report on sepahnews.com said the plane was taking part in a morning exercise in the southern Fars Province when it crashed. It did not elaborate.
Iran has a long record of air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor
Iran has both Russian-made and U.S.-made fighter planes. The U.S. aircraft were delivered to Tehran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted the western-backed monarchy.
Iran purchased Sukhoi fighter-bombers from Russia after the revolution.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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