Technical fault: Pilot killed in plane crash near Uthal

Published: October 19, 2011
This picture shows a Mirage fighter jet taxis out of a hanger. A Pakistan air force mirage crashed in Balochistan, killing the pilot. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

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

BALOCHISTAN: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilot was killed when a training aircraft crashed near the mountainous area of Uthal in Lasbela district on Wednesday.

According to official sources, the training aircraft, ‘Mirage’, had developed a technical fault which resulted in the crash. The deceased was identified as Air Commodore Mohammad Asim Paracha and the body was shifted to Karachi.

The plane, which took off from Masrur Airbase in Karachi, caught fire due to the technical fault near Uthal. Officials of the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Coastguard and Levies as well as police personnel reached the site of the crash, which triggered panic among people living in nearby villages.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2011.

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  • Haqqani
    Oct 19, 2011 - 4:19PM

    if the pilots survived as the last line suggest then who died along with plane ???


  • Haqqani
    Oct 19, 2011 - 4:22PM

    if pilots managed to survive as the last line suggests then who died in plane crash ???Recommend

  • Oct 19, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Shaheed ki jo Mot Hai wo Qom ki Hayat Hai
    Lahu jo Hai Shaheed ka wo Qom ki Zakat Hai

    Let’s hope for the best that Taliban don’t take responsibility of it.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Oct 19, 2011 - 7:16PM

    The pilot got shahaadat….Inna lillah e wa inna ilaihe raaji’oon


  • Oct 19, 2011 - 8:59PM

    ^ W/C Asim Paracha (98th GDP) not Air Cdre.


  • Jawad
    Oct 19, 2011 - 9:27PM

    He was a very very soft spoken ever smiling person. May Allah grant him place in the Heavens.


  • AAA
    Oct 19, 2011 - 10:00PM


    You knew this guy?


  • Arshad
    Oct 19, 2011 - 11:55PM

    I love PAF and I love Shahadat.


  • Shaheen
    Oct 20, 2011 - 2:23AM

    Wing Commander Asim Paracha Shaheed, you will always be remembered by the PAF and your countrymen. May Allah accepts your shahadat – ameen
    A great humanbeing and a brave pilot. We salute you. . . !


  • Zeeshan
    Oct 20, 2011 - 12:38PM

    no ejection seat???


  • GJ
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:06PM

    May Allah grant him heaven, and his family the strength and patience.


  • Dr Bilal Piracha
    Oct 21, 2011 - 7:48AM

    He was our eldest and the most respected cousin of the family.
    He always dreamed to be a Fighter pilot and was very happy to be promoted to Wing Cdr. recently.
    He was leading the formation of three Mirage planes on October 19th at around 10:00 am, with two Sq.leaders in the two planes behind.
    One of those Sq. leaders was there on his Jazaza. He told our family that Asim told them just a mintue before his Shahadat that the electronic system of plane had failed.
    They requested him to eject immidiately but he said ” No, I would try my best to save the plane” After a couple of seconds when the plane got fire, then the Sq. Ldrs in the following planes shouted again on the transmismitters ” Eject now Eject”. But it was too late!
    The plane was upside down , he ejected and the parashute did not open. He embraced Shahadat with all the grace like a Brave Muslim soldier!!!
    We salute you Wing Cdr. Asim Piracha ! You are our pride ! You are our Hero ! You are alive ‘being a Shaheed’ but we do not have the power to feel your presence with us!
    May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaus and may Allah grant his parents and all his family with Sabar and the courage to live without him being there and may Allah grant us the Shahadat as well . Ameen !


  • Anjum
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Dr Bilal Piracha:


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