Two pilots killed as Pakistan Army jet crashes near Gujranwala

Published: February 9, 2016
A file photo of army aviation training aircraft Mushaq. PHOTO: PAK DEFENDERS

A file photo of army aviation training aircraft Mushaq. PHOTO: PAK DEFENDERS

Two pilots died on Tuesday after a Pakistan Army training aircraft Mushaq crashed near Gujranwala, Express News reported.

The pilots were identified as Major Azhar and Captain Ahmad, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The jet fighter was on a routine training session when the tragic incident occurred that resulted in the immediate death of the pilots flying the jet.

Iranian fighter jet crashes, 2 pilots dead

Earlier in August 2015, as many as 12 army personnel were killed when their helicopter crashed near Mansehra.

In another similar incident in May 2015, the ambassadors of Norway and Philippines and six others were killed when an army helicopter crashed in Naltar area of Gilgit.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed grief over the death of two pilots killed in the plane crash.

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  • Allah Hafiz
    Feb 9, 2016 - 6:19PM

    Another Chinese Item Down….Nobody buys them…common…care about your people and army….dont buy chinese….Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Feb 9, 2016 - 6:25PM
  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 9, 2016 - 6:39PM

    Going by the file photo, this ‘jet’ has a propeller ?!Recommend

  • LS
    Feb 9, 2016 - 8:13PM

    @Haji Atiya:

    Few corrections –
    1) The aircraft is called Mushshak and NOT Mushaq – Mushaq/Mushak is an Iranian Aircraft
    2) It is NOT a jet but a twin blade Propeller based aircraft
    3) It is NOT Chinese (as some commentators have said) but Saab Safari Recommend

  • Babloo
    Feb 9, 2016 - 9:00PM

    Looks like plane with Indian flag colors.Recommend

  • khalid
    Feb 9, 2016 - 9:08PM

    Mushak is a propellor plane. Based on Swedish design and made under license in Pakistan.

    May God rest their soulsRecommend

  • Feb 9, 2016 - 11:29PM

    The Mashhak is not a “jet,” its a propeller-driven training aircraft. Please change the headline.Recommend

  • yaldram
    Feb 10, 2016 - 4:21AM

    @ L S

    it is not Irani it is new version of a previous model made by SAAB group called saab safari which is a Swedish defence company.. Iran are just a user of mushshak. It is built in Pakistan by PAC (pakistan aeronautical complex} and we have got some defence deal with Iraq to supply them.

    it is not a twin blade based aircraft.. it has a single propeller not twin.Recommend

  • Subhani
    Feb 10, 2016 - 4:24AM

    He was to be married on this 20th. Saddening. Recommend

  • brah
    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:17AM
  • Feb 10, 2016 - 8:51AM

    Inna Lillahe WA Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon! RIP brothers! You served your country with exemplary honor and courage. SalamsRecommend

  • Karachiwala
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:05AM

    Another irreparable loss. Flying machines at Army Aviation are no more than flying coffins. every now and than we hear the sad news of some young officers lost their lives. Not sure what will happen with this incident’s inquiry report. These are manufactured at Kamrah by PAC. Not sure if they are not service/ over hauled due to lack of funds or corruption. Army Aviation should be given under PAF command as their record of flight safety is far better than Army. Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2016 - 12:19AM

    Nice sharing well done admin Recommend

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