Pak Army aircraft crashed, instructor and the trainee pilot martyred

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: An Army Aviation trainer aircraft (PAC MFI-17 Mushshak ) crashed near the city of Gujarat in eastern Punjab province, on Monday morning, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The Jet was on a routine training mission, both Major Umer (Instructor Pilot) resident of Gujrat, and Lieutenant Faizan (Student Pilot) resident of Kalar Kahar, Chakwal killed in the incident.

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force has expressed grief over the tragic air crash of Army Aviation Mushshak trainer aircraft near Gujranwala, today. The Air Chief prayed for the eternal bliss of the martyred souls, who embraced Shahdat in the line of duty. He also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.

It was fourth incident of aircraft crashing since February, 2020.

A trainer Jet FT-7 of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed near Shorkot, district Jhang of Punjab, on February, 7, 2020; however the pilot of the Jet remained safe in the crash.

Another Pakistan Air Force (PAF) training aircraft crashed in Takht-i-Bahi area, of district Mardan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, during a routine flight, on 12th February, 2020. The pilot of the aircraft was remained safe in the incident.

A Pakistan Air force (PAF) F-16 Jet was crashed near the Shakarparian area of the federal capital Islamabad, Wing Commander Noman Akram, a career officer of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), who was carrying out rehearsal for the Pakistan Day Parade killed in the incident, on 11th March, 2020.

Pakistan Air force (PAF) has been on high alert since February 2019, when 12 Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 jets crossed the Line of Control and bombed inside Pakistan. Indian aircrafts targeted Pakistan-based militants Jaihs-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp in Balakot, a city of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) retaliated and shot down two Indian military planes. One Indian air force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured and later released. But tensions still remain high because of Kashmir between Pakistan and India.

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