Pilot unharmed as PAF Mirage aircraft crashes near Somyani

Published: April 16, 2015
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PHOTO: INP

PHOTO: INP

SOMYANI: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft on a routine operational training mission on Thursday afternoon crashed near Somyani in Balochistan.

Initial reports have not stated the reason for the crash but have revealed that the pilot remained unharmed as he safely ejected from the aircraft.

No loss of life or damage to property was reported on the ground.

A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Force Headquarters to determine the cause of accident.

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In another crash early last month, a Mirage aircraft crashed in the Miran area of D I Khan district.

Read: Two dead as PAF Mirage aircraft crashes in DI Khan

Both the pilot and the co-pilot died in the crash and their bodies had been mutilated beyond recognition.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Shamsi
    Apr 16, 2015 - 2:22PM

    Dear ET, The picture posted with the article is of an F-16 not a Mirage fighter. Someone really needs to do their vetting job properlyRecommend

  • Apr 16, 2015 - 2:30PM

    sad incident.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Apr 16, 2015 - 2:41PM

    You can easily find a photograph of a Pakistani Mirage from the internet. Why put a picture of an F-16 from another country’s air force in the title?Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 16, 2015 - 3:29PM

    PAF Mirage fleet is one of the world’s oldest and needs urgent replacement. Though JF-17 Thunder is fast coming online but government should quickly replace these Mirages with a fighter aircraft of equivalent role and task and better performance. Though Mirage is much safer than Mig-21s but Mirage-III/5s are now becoming obsolete as they are dating back to late 1960s. Hats off to PAF for flying these machines for such a long time.
    Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • amartya Indian
    Apr 16, 2015 - 3:50PM

    goodRecommend

  • HS
    Apr 16, 2015 - 6:25PM

    @Shamsi It’s definitely not an F16 in the pic. F16’s have air-intake below the fuselage. The delta wings alone should be enough to confirm that it’s a Mirage.Recommend

  • nasir
    Apr 16, 2015 - 7:04PM

    The picture on display now is of a Mirage IIIRecommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Apr 16, 2015 - 7:54PM

    @Muhammad:

    I see a Pakistani flag painted on the tail fin of the plane!Recommend

  • Ali Salman
    Apr 17, 2015 - 6:26PM

    @Shamsi: This is Mirage aircraft NOT F-16. Recommend

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