After experiencing engine trouble, a Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter aeroplane from Iran crashed. On June 18, 2022, the tragedy happened shortly after the plane departed from Isfahan in central Iran.
According to sources, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Tomcat was set to land back at the Shahid Babaei Base following a flight operation.
A regional military spokesperson told that the failure of the fighter engine was the accident’s primary reason.
“Fortunately, the captain and co-pilot ejected from the jet in good time and both of them were not seriously hurt.”
Isfahan International Airport is close to Shahid Babaei Base, commonly known as Tactical Air Base 8. (IFN). Five years before the Islamic Revolution, which severed diplomatic ties between Iran and the United States, it was specifically constructed to host the Tomcat fleet of the IRIAF.
Since the US Navy deactivated the aircraft in 2006, Iran has been the only country to still be using the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, the air superiority fighter made famous by the 1980s action film Top Gun.
The number of jets still capable of taking off is unknown, as the IRIAF has been unable to obtain components for 42 years as a result of international sanctions.
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