PAF fighter aircraft crashes near Sonmiani

Published: May 11, 2012

This picture shows a Mirage fighter jet taxis out of a hanger. A Pakistan air force mirage crashed in Balochistan on Friday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

An aircraft of the Pakistan air force (PAF) crashed near Sonmiani region of Balochistan on Friday.

According to an official PAF release, a Mirage fighter aircraft was on a routine training mission when it crashed after it took off from the Masroor airbase in Karachi.

The release said that the pilot had survived the crash and was safe. There was no mention of any losses on the ground.

An investigation has been ordered in the

The PAF operates a fleet of the French built Mirage III and Mirage 5 aircrafts procured between 1968 and 2000. Together, it constitutes a major part of the PAF arsenal after the Chinese built variations of the F-7. The Mirage fleet has suffered a total of seven crashes since their induction into the PAF.

Pakistan has been trying the phase out the older generations of its Mirage fleet with the newer JF-17 aircrafts, jointly developed with China.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Pakistani
    May 11, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Crash after crash. I hope someone somewhere is accountable for this. This equipment isn’t that cheap.

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  • Kamran
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Very sad event

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