An Iranian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 crashed at Mehrabad International Airport. It had reported a technical malfunction. The pilot and co-pilot managed a successful ejection from the plane.
File photo by Amir Mahdavi
Update: This news item has become a source of controversy. It may have originated from a section of Fars News where they recycle what happened last year on this day. It was later removed from the headlines of PressTV.
Update II: Below is a video of last year's Su-24 crash at THR. It has been reported by Tom Cooper that this Fencer has actually been repaired and is "back in business".
Update III: The Iranian Air Force has rejected the news about an Su-24 crash on March 13, 2009. From PressTV:
Iran's Air Force has rejected reports claiming that one of its fighter jets has crashed at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport.
"The Air Force rejects the overall contents of the news report," the Air Force said in an official statement released on Saturday.
On Friday, Iranian news outlets had reported that a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-24 had crashed in Mehrabad after reporting a technical hitch.
Where they one of the ones that flew from the IrAF in 1991?
that is not it, the video of the crash is on youtube. The jet had white-blue smoke coming out of it.
Could be. Iran's initial purchase order of Sukhoi Su-24's was supplemented by up to 18 later flown over from Iraq during Desert Storm. The IrAF planes were retained as a form of war reparation for the Iran-Iraq War, and pressed into IRIAF service.
This is apparently the second crash of this type in a year. An Su-24 crashed on April 14, 2008 at Mehrabad. (See http://uskowioniran.blogspot.com/2008/04/crashed-iranian-military-jet-iriafs-su.html)
Anon: The image provided is a file photo. Thanks for the heads up on the youtube video.
Trust me, No Plane crashed yesterday in Tehran or around Mehrabad, No plane crashed anywhere in Iran for that matter! That is the news from Farvardin (2008 news)! Fars News somehow recycled the news, others picked it up. It is embarrassing that they did not check for themselves.
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