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Pilot dies in Pakistan Air Force jet crash


Islamabad : A jet aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has crashed near Sargodha in Punjab, killing its pilot.

“Pakistan Air Force announces with great sorrow and grief that a Mirage fighter aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed 30 km south east of Sargodha,” said a PAF press release.

The statement said that the pilot of the aircraft, Wing Commander Azhar Ismael, was killed in the crash that occurred Friday evening near the Sargodha air force base.

No loss of life or property was reported on the ground, The News said.

The crash apparently occurred due to a technical malfunction. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident, the newspaper added.