An Iranian F-7 jet fighter crashed today during a training mission near Omidiyeh Air Base in Dezful, in southwestern Khuzestan province. The Iranian authorities did not disclose the fate of pilots.
It appears that the fighter was an IRIAF Chinese-made FT-7. Iran started receiving these MiG-19 type fighters in mid-80s and it is believed to have more than 25 in service today.
The file photo above shows a pair of Iran’s F-7 and FT-7 fighters getting ready to participate in Iranian Military Parade 2008, Tehran, 17 April.
UPDATE: Sadly the two pilots on board the FT-7 were killed during crash landing.