Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes during training near Mianwali, pilot ejects safely

03:29 PM | 25 May, 2022
Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes during training near Mianwali, pilot ejects safely
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MIANWALI – A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed in Mianwali, a city in the northwest region of Punjab, on Wednesday during a routine training mission.

A PAF spokesperson said the pilot managed to eject safely, and no loss of life had been reported on the ground.

Meanwhile, Air Headquarters has formulated a board of inquiry to investigate the reasons for the crash.

Several incidents were reported in the last couple of years, with nearly five Pakistan Air Force jets crashing during training missions and one while rehearsing for the March 23 parade.

Earlier in March this year, two pilots embraced martyrdom as trainee aircraft of Pakistan Air Force crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s capital.

Another incident occurred in 2020 when an aircraft of the PAF had crashed while on a routine operational training mission Squadron Leader Haris bin Khalid and Flying Officer Ibaadur Rehman, aboard the PAF FT-7 aircraft had lost their lives in the crash.

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The deadly incident was followed by another such occurrence when a PAF Mirage aircraft crashed while on a routine operational training mission near Shorkot city.  A PAF trainer aircraft was then crashed the same month while on a routine training mission near Takht Bhai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A PAF F-16 aircraft was crashed near Shakarparian in the federal capital during rehearsals for the March 23 parade. Wing Commander Nauman Akram was martyred in the crash. Another incident was reported near Pindigheb, Attock in which another aircraft was crashed.