The official Islamic Republic News Agency stated that an F-14 fighter jet crashed in the central province of Isfahan today, Saturday, after a technical failure.
“An Air Force F-14 fighter experienced a technical failure during a mission this morning while landing at Babai base in Isfahan,” the agency said.
An IRNA video showed plumes of smoke rising from the wreckage of the plane in a desert area.
The Iranian Air Force owns a variety of American-made military aircraft that were purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the “F- 14 Tom Cat” is American-made.
It also has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi aircraft. For decades, Western sanctions have made it difficult for Iran to obtain spare parts and maintenance for old aircraft.
Iran has a history of similar incidents among its dilapidated fleet. In May, a fighter plane crashed in the middle of the Iranian desert, killing the two pilots. In February, a fighter jet crashed into a football stadium in the northwestern city of Tabriz, killing two pilots and a civilian.