Fighter crashes in Iran's air drill
A Iranian fighter jet crashed in the second stage of a major air drill started on Saturday in the vicinity of northwestern city of Tabriz, the local Fars news agency reported.
No casualties was reported and the pilot rescued himself by using a parachute, said Fars.
Hossein Chitforoush, the spokesman for the drills said that the second stage would last for three days which includes the performance of tactical flights and dropping of test ammunition on mock targets, according to satellite Press TV.
Chitforoush said that Iranian fighter Saeqeh, F-4 and F-5 fighter jets from different areas are dispatched to the drill area in the northwest city of Tabriz, Xinhua reported.
The following third phase of the drill will feature air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles as well as various types of fighter sorties, he added.
The drills were carried out to examine and improve the country' s defensive capabilities, he was quoted as saying.
Iran on Tuesday started the first stage of the air drill in northwest of the country which will last for 10 days, said the report.