Pilot killed as PAF fighter jet crashes in Khyber Agency

Published: September 24, 2016

A pilot of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was killed on Saturday as his fighter jet crashed in Jamrud, Khyber Agency.

“The pilot of the aircraft Flt Lt Omer Shazad sustained fatal injuries,” the military’s media wing ISPR said. The PAF aircraft was on a routine operational training mission.

Wreckage of the PAF aircraft crashed in Jamrud. PHOTO: EXPRESS

“No loss of civilian life and property has been reported on ground,” the statement added. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.

Wreckage of the PAF aircraft crashed in Jamrud. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Officials claim the aircraft crashed due to a technical fault. Speaking to The Express Tribune, a senior official of the political administration said, “A team of Swat scouts and Levis officials have been sent to the site of the incident.”

JF-17 inducted in multirole squadron

Last year, a PAF fighter jet F7-PG crashed near Mastung during what officials described as a routine training operation. According to a spokesperson for PAF’s Samungli Airbase in Quetta, “The F7-PG fighter jet was on a routine training mission when its engine caught fire and crashed on a fray near Mastung.”


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Reader Comments (17)

  • ajeet
    Sep 24, 2016 - 2:10PM

    A Chinese knock off of a cold war Russian plane?Recommend

  • Abid
    Sep 24, 2016 - 4:09PM

    Rang de Basanti scene..Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:05PM

    Replacing A5s and F7PGs with JF17 should be the priority of PAF. Both A5 and F7 are too obsolete for the modern warfare. Many crashes of the past are also attributed to the technical failure in the same version. Recommend

  • Zealot
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:41PM

    Earlier female fighter pilot Mariam Mukhtar plane too crashed in Mianwali.this was same F7PJ.now this tragic incident happened.its time for the replacement of all F7 and mirages.we must initiate the production of jf 17 with fast pace.right now there is great need for PAF ,the upgraded Jf 17 with BVR,HMD and AESA.stop relying on F16.Jf17 is enoughRecommend

  • Salman
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:46PM

    We need to replace these F7s junk with jf17s asap. The aquisiation is slow thus making the lives of relatively new pilots in danger. The ejection mechanism of F7s are based on 40 years old technology.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:51PM

    How would authorities know that our beautiful son has been martyred when rescue teams have not yet reached place of incident? When we should start speaking truth with ourselves? Why is that after every tragedy, some people starts selling their products? Recommend

  • Mashhood
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:53PM

    Proud of our pilots and PAF. Salam to Shaheed pilot SHEHZAD, Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Shah
    Sep 24, 2016 - 6:44PM

    Heading says Pilot killed. In details it says pilot managed to eject himself. So what is the real case?Recommend

  • M Ali
    Sep 24, 2016 - 6:46PM

    So is your mom. Recommend

  • Rahul Patil
    Sep 24, 2016 - 7:07PM

    Pakistan’s flying coffin – JF17Recommend

  • Zaid
    Sep 24, 2016 - 8:24PM

    PAF needs to get rid of aging F7P and Mirage fleet. There are like outdated crappy Migs21.Recommend

  • tubab
    Sep 24, 2016 - 9:30PM

    Pakistani pilots deserve better – quit flying Chinese/Russian knockoffs. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Sep 24, 2016 - 9:46PM

    Another prowling mission on the Afghan border; training mission?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Jamal
    Sep 24, 2016 - 9:59PM

    Brave Pilot. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal peace.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30PM

    @Ali Akbar Shah: Ejection does not guarantee that you will be alive. Ejecting near the ground just before the crash is the cause of many deaths in the past. This is because pilot initiate the ejection process but the Parachute does not open up properly due to close proximity with the ground.Recommend

  • sterry
    Sep 25, 2016 - 12:12AM

    @Zaid: Regardless of whether a plane is old or new, jet planes are inherently dangerous. You will hear of new modern fighter jets in Western air forces having accidents too. It comes with the nature of these planes. May the pilot rest in peace. PAF Zindabad.Recommend

    Sep 28, 2016 - 1:43AM

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