Pilot dies as PAF fighter jet crashes

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jet F-7 PG crashed in Khyber Agency Saturday afternoon resulting in the martyrdom of pilot Flight Lieutenant Omer Shehzad.
PAF authorities said the fighter jet was on a routine operational training mission when it crashed in Jamrod Tehsil of Khyber agency some 30 kilometers west of Peshawar.
“The pilot, flight Lt Omar Shehzad, sustained fatal injuries and embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), no loss of civilian life and property has been reported on ground,” . The PAF statement said.
Earlier the locals and the PAF officials suspected the plane might have been shot down by the militants in the troubled Khyber agency area. However, the PAF statement later denied this impression saying the plane crashed after developing technical fault.
“Flight Lieutenant Omer Shehzad was flying F-7PG when the aircraft encountered a technical fault and crashed”, says Pakistan Air Force spokesperson in a statement issued here on Saturday.
It may be recalled that a Female fighter pilot Mariam Muktiar was also martyred in the air crash which took place during a training mission November last. Her plane , the double-seat version of F-7PG, also known as the FT-7PGs, had crashed near Kundian, Mianwali. F-7PGs were first inducted in the PAF in 2002 as a replacement for F-6, which were then de-commissioned. About seven or eight F-7PGs/FT-7PGs have been lost during the 13 years in service. The PAF has more than 50 of the Chinese-made aircraft in its fleet.
An investigation into the crash has been launched by the air force.

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