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.
“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.
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.”
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.”