Two Iranian fighter jet pilots are killed when ejector seats activate before take-off ‘and smash them into hangar roof’
- Fatal accident happened when the jet’s ejector seats malfunctioned, activated
- Took place at the Dezful Vahdati Air Force Base, 444km south of capital Tehran
- Iranian State TV identified the F-5 pilots as Kianoush Basati and Hossein Nami
Two Iranian fighter jet pilots were killed on Tuesday when their ejector seats activated before take-off, smashing them into the hangar roof.
State broadcaster IRIB reported the F-5 fighter jet had a ‘technical problem’ that killed both the pilots, identified as as Kianoush Basati and Hossein Nami.
The report said the incident happened Dezful Vahdati Air Force Base, approximately 444 kilometers (270 miles) south of the capital Tehran, and near the Iraq border.
Two Iranian fighter jet pilots were killed on Tuesday when their ejector seats activated before take-off, smashing them into the hangar roof
State broadcaster IRIB reported the F-5 fighter jet had a ‘technical problem’ which caused the ejector seats to activate killing Kianoush Basati (right) and Hossein Nami (left)
State TV channel IRNA said the incident happened before takeoff but did not elaborate.
Social media users identified Basati as a colonel and Nami as a lieutenant.
Authorities have fenced off the site pending an investigation in what caused the malfunction of the Iranian air force’s jet, the report added.
Several Twitter users shared images of the pilots, identifying the as Martyr Kianoush Basati (left) and Hossein Nami (right)
Ali Farahmandpour, deputy governor and special governor of Dezful, told the broadcaster: ‘This incident is being investigated by an assessment team from Teheran.’
He denied any suggestion the plane was airborne at the time of the accident and said there were no flights scheduled from the base on Tuesday.
The age of the plane was not immediately clear. Iran’s air force still operates an assortment of US-made military aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
It also has Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi planes but decades of Western sanctions have made it hard to maintain the ageing fleet.
Iran’s air force still operates an assortment of US-made military aircraft, including the F-5 fighter jet, purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution