A pilot of the Pakistan Air Force was killed on Saturday in a crash of a PAF aircraft in Khyber agency tribal region, officials said.
A spokesperson for PAF as stated earlier today that:
“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Jamrud (a main town in Khyber agency). No loss of civilian life and property has been reported on ground.”
The pilot of the aircraft Flt Lt Omer Shahzad sustained fatal injuries and died later, added the spokesperson. The PAF aircraft was on a routine operational training mission.A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.
Officials claim the aircraft crashed due to a technical fault. Speaking to The Express Tribune, a senior official of the political administration said:
“A team of Swat scouts and Levis officials have been sent to the site of the incident.”
Locals said the aircraft came down in a mountainous area and that the security forces were seen heading to the area after the crash. Last year, a PAF fighter jet F7-PG crashed near Mastung during what officials described as a routine training operation. According to a spokesperson for PAF’s Samungli Airbase in Quetta:
“The F7-PG fighter jet was on a routine training mission when its engine caught fire and crashed on a fray near Mastung.”