Iranian Air Force Fighter Jet crashes near Persian Gulf

Iranian Air Force Fighter Jet crashes near Persian Gulf
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TEHRAN - Iranian Air Force Fighter Jet crashes near Persian Gulf, Iranian state media has reported.

Iranian fighter jet has gone down in the south of the country near the Persian Gulf, with two pilots surviving the crash.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted a local official as saying the crash was caused by a technical problem. Abdolhossein Rafipour, the governor of Tangestan, says the plane went down near the coastal town at 12:30 local time (1330 IST).

The purpose of Sunday's flight was not immediately clear. Regular patrol flights are common in the region.

Iran 's air force has an assortment of US-made military aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It also has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi planes. Decades of Western sanctions have made it hard to maintain the ageing fleet.

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