Two Iranian Pilots Reportedly Die as They Are Ejected From F-5 Plane Before Take-off

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by Nikita Folomov

According to IRIB, the incident took place on Tuesday morning at the Dezful air force base in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Two members of the crew of an Iranian F-5 two-seater jet were killed on 1 June as a result of the abnormal activation of the ejection seats, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

Earlier this month, a Swiss Air Force F-5 jet crashed in the central canton of Obwalden. The pilot of the F-5 Tiger successfully ejected from the cockpit and survived the crash.

Back in 2018, another F-5 fighter jet crashed in southern Iran, killing its pilot. The co-pilot managed to survive. The cause of the incident wasn’t revealed. Iran bought its F-5 fighters from the United States before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Northrop F-5 is a family of supersonic fighter jets, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. In some countries, it remains in service to support training exercises.

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