Army trainer aircraft crashes in Swabi, pilots eject safely

Published May 25, 2015
A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident. — Creative Commons
A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident. — Creative Commons

PESHAWAR: A training aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed in Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday.

In a short statement, PAF spokesperson Air Commodore SM ALi said that a K-8 trainer aircraft was destroyed when it crashed during a training mission in Zaida village of KP's Swabi district.

The spokesman added that both pilots of the aircraft ejected safely.

A view of the crash site in Swabi. — DawnNews screengrab
A view of the crash site in Swabi. — DawnNews screengrab

He further said a board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident.

No loss of civilian life or property was reported on the ground.

A view of the PAF trainer jet which was destroyed after it crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district.  — DawnNews screengrab
A view of the PAF trainer jet which was destroyed after it crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district. — DawnNews screengrab

Earlier this month an army helicopter ferrying foreign envoys and their spouses crashed into a school in Gilgit's scenic Naltar Valley, killing at least eight people.

Read: Army copter crashes in Naltar; 7 die

The ambassadors of Norway, Indonesia and the Philippines were among the dead.

Wives of the Ambassador of Indonesia and the High Commissioner of Malaysia, both pilots of the Mi-17 chopper and a crew member were also killed in the accident, reportedly caused due to a technical fault during landing.

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Mirage aircraft had also crashed near Balochistan's Sonmiani tehsil in April during a routine operational training mission. The pilot had remained unhurt in the incident as he had managed to eject safely before the crash.

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