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Iranian fighter jet crashes near nuclear plant

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom comes down north of Bushehr.
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An Iranian fighter jet has crashed six kilometres north of the city of Bushehr, where the country’s first nuclear reactor is based.

The Bushehr plant is scheduled to start operations this weekend.

The Fars agency quoted local official Gholam Reza Keshtkar as saying that the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom had crashed in the desert, close to an industrial centre, AP reported.

Another official said that technical failure had caused the crash, although no further details were given. The pilot and co-pilot were ejected safely and taken to hospital.

Iran’s F-4 fleet was purchased prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Due to long-running sanctions against the country, Iran has been unable to secure spare parts of its ageing civilian and military air fleets.

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