Pakistan Air Force F-16 crashes in Islamabad, pilot killed
The crash took place when the US-built F-16 was taking part in rehearsals for a Pakistan Day air show and parade set to take place on March 23.
A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter jet crashed in the capital city of Islamabad on Wednesday morning, killing Wing Commander Nauman Akram. According to the country’s Air Force, the crash took place when the US-built plane was taking part in rehearsals for a Pakistan Day air show and parade set to take place on March 23.
The incident occurred near Shakarparian in Islamabad. In an earlier statement, the PAF said rescue teams had rushed to the site of the crash while a board of inquiry had also been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.
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Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz had said officials from the Pakistan Army and PAF had cordoned off the area and would conduct any further rescue operations, Dawn newspaper reported.
In a tweet, Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari called the crash a "terrible news".
Terrible news of the F 16 crash but now some news coming pilot may have ejected. So earlier news contradicted. Praying this new report of pilot ejecting is correct.— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) March 11, 2020
Last month, a trainer aircraft of the PAF had crashed near Mardan. It was the third PAF training aircraft to have crashed while on a routine training mission in less than two months.
On February 7, a PAF Mirage aircraft, which was also on a routine operational training mission, had crashed near the Lahore-Multan Motorway. Pilots in both cases had ejected safely.
Earlier in January, a PAF aircraft had crashed while on a training mission near Mianwali. Both pilots – Squadron Leader Haris bin Khalid and Flying Officer Ibaadur Rehman – aboard the PAF FT-7 aircraft had lost their lives in the crash.