Pakistan

Two pilots martyred in PAF jet crash

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jet crashed during a training mission in the country’s northwest on Wednesday, killing two pilots, officials said.

“PAF reports with regret that a Mirage aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed south of Dera Ismail Khan,” an air force spokesman said in a statement.

“A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident,” the spokesman said.

According to AFP, the spokesman said that he would not share details about casualties, but local security officials said the plane’s pilot and co-pilot were “martyred” in the crash and that their bodies were handed over to the air force.

Local police officials in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, which lies some 280 kilometres (175 miles) from the capital Islamabad, also confirmed the crash and casualties.

The Pakistan Air Force has a fleet of Chinese aircraft including F-7PGs and A-5s, plus US-built F-16s and French Mirages. It recently acquired JF-17 Thunder jets, manufactured jointly by China and Pakistan.

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