TEHRAN: An Iranian US-made F-5 fighter plane crashed yesterday after hitting a mountain in the west of the country, killing both crew members, Iranian media reported.
The two pilots were killed upon impact as the jet fighter hit the mountain near Abdanan town of Ilam province, town governor Morad Naseri was quoted as saying. Naseri said the crash was being investigated by authorities.
Iran’s air force retains an aging fleet, including US-manufactured aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic revolution.
In January 2012, a US-built F-14 fighter crashed minutes after takeoff, also killing both crew. AFP
Sudan to start talks with border state rebels
KHARTOUM: Sudan will start peace talks tomorrow with insurgents fighting government troops in two states bordering South Sudan in a conflict which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, according to state media.
The talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) will commence under the auspices of the African Union in Ethiopia tomorrow, said Ibrahim Ghandour, head of Sudan’s delegation, state news agency Suna reported.
Sudan previously refused to meet the SPLM-North and accused South Sudan of backing the rebels, charges denied by Juba.