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Iran Air Force plane crashes, no casualties

A spokesman for the Mashhad Fighters' base blames the crash on technical failures though the crashed plane's type has not been specified.

world Updated: Jul 24, 2007 13:13 IST

An Iranian military airplane crashed in northeastern Iran, but the pilot ejected from the crash and was unharmed, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.

The crash occured on Monday near Mashhad, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) northeast of Tehran, the Islamic Republic News Agency said. The pilot ejected and there were no casualties from the crash.

A spokesman for the Mashhad Fighters' Base, Gholam Reza Zinatbakhsh, blamed the crash on technical failures. "The case is under investigations," Zinatbakhsh told IRNA.

The report did not specify the type of the plane. Iran's air force has American-made jet fighters dating back to before the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the shah, a close U.S. ally. It also has more recent Russian-made fighters.

First Published: Jul 24, 2007 13:13 IST