Moroccan Mirage F1 lost in crash


A Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) Mirage F1 fighter has been destroyed in an accident caused by a technical malfunction.

The aircraft came down on 21 January whilst attempting to land from a routine training mission, according to Air Force officials. The crash occurred around midday in the Taounate region of northern Morocco. The pilot ejected before the crash.

Morocco has lost half a dozen F1s over the years due to accidents. Most recently, a Mirage F1 crashed in August 2015 after hitting a flock of birds. The pilot ejected safely.

The RMAF received 30 Mirage F1CHs and 20 Mirage F1EHs fighter jets from the mid-1970s. Many have been upgraded.