Two dead as PAF Mirage aircraft crashes in DI Khan

Published: March 4, 2015


PESHAWAR: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF)Mirage aircraft crashed Wednesday afternoon in Miran area of D I Khan district.

District police (DP) has so far confirmed deaths of both the pilot and the co-pilot. The bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition.

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Officials said the plane was on a training flight when it crashed. They added that during the flight, there was torrential rain and lightening which may have caused the crash. The DP office added that rescue teams have been dispatched to the area.

The plane crashed in Chirra, Miran situated around 80 kilometers away from D I Khan. Eyewitnesses said the plane caught fire during the crash.

In a statement, the PAF identified the pilots as Air Commodore Shafqat Mushtaq and Flight Lieutenant Sohaib Rasheed.

Further, a board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident.

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  • Burki
    Mar 4, 2015 - 7:42PM

    Sigh!! yet another of those junk clunker down along with two precious human lives. How many more to go and how many more losses our fighter pilots before PAF highs & mightys decide enough is enough?Recommend

  • JD
    Mar 4, 2015 - 8:38PM

    Inalilahe Waina ilaihe Rajeoon.Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:57PM

    The comment about the mutilated bodies was gratuitous and in bad taste. Also, I am sure it’s not the PAF spokesperson who ordered the inquiry, but a higher ranking PAF official. As always on ET, sloppy writing at its best!Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2015 - 2:51AM

    uhhu.. I wish i will be a great pilot, pray for me guys..Recommend

  • Hammad
    Mar 5, 2015 - 4:15AM

    Shafqat Mushtaq was my uncle and i was told this happend when i was comming out of school. i still cant belive this is realRecommend

  • A. Khan
    Mar 5, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Although the planes in question are no doubt aged and being used beyond their operational life, I wonder if the high maintenance standards of the PAF have dropped over the years. What about the spare parts being used ? As these planes have not been manufactured since the 1970s are the spare parts being bought from non-OEM third parties ?Recommend

  • touseef
    Mar 5, 2015 - 9:25AM

    Are these junk planes reliable enough during war times? Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Mar 5, 2015 - 11:55AM

    Time to say good bye to this old vintage aircraft. Its more than 50 years that they are in service.
    God Bless the departed souls of Air Commodore Shafqat Mushtaq and Flight Lieutenant Sohaib Rasheed. (Ameen)Recommend

  • M. Ahmed
    Mar 5, 2015 - 12:07PM

    Sad news. May be we should say goodbye to remaining Mirages. We kept it flying for long years and PAF earned enough maintenance points. Mirages should now stand with F-86’s.

    Please note a small correction of ‘lightning’ in the following sentence.
    ‘They added that during the flight, there was torrential rain and lightening which may have caused the crash.’Recommend

  • Ch Noman
    Mar 5, 2015 - 3:32PM

    Lieutenant Sohaib Rasheed he is my czn :(Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 5, 2015 - 8:48PM

    @Ch Noman:
    Sorry for your loss. Actually nation’s loss.Recommend

  • umer
    Mar 5, 2015 - 9:58PM

    Allah may bless their families with patience actualy its a grave lose for whole nationRecommend

    Mar 6, 2015 - 6:15AM

    Air commondore saheed was my neighbour . It was a hourable newz . Just because how many miraj we r losing with our brave pilots in trannings.Recommend

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