PAF jet crashes while on routine training near Mianwali

Published May 25, 2017
The crashed jet while it was on routine operational training.— DawnNews
The crashed jet while it was on routine operational training.— DawnNews

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet crashed near Mianwali while on routine operational training on Thursday, a press release issued by PAF said.

"PAF reports with regret that a PAF F-7PG aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Mianwali. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely," the statement read.

No loss of life and property was reported in the crash, the PAF said.

A board of inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident.

F-7PGs were first inducted in the PAF in 2002 as a replacement for F-6, which were then de-commissioned. The trainer FT-7PGs came later.

The PAF had previously operated F-7Ps.

About eight or nine F-7PGs/FT-7PGs have been lost during the 15 years in service. The PAF has more than 50 of the Chinese-made aircraft in its fleet.

The losses of F-7PGs/FT-7PGs in air crashes are within limit, aviation experts say.

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