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PAF aircraft crashes near Mardan

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A small trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed near Mardan today during a routine training mission said PAF spokesperson.

A board of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident,” said the spokesperson.

It was not clear whether any casualty occurred in the incident.

At least five similar incidents were reported last year, with four PAF jets crashing during training missions and one while rehearsing for the March 23 parade.

The first incident had taken place in January 2020, when an aircraft of the PAF had crashed while on a routine operational training mission near Mianwali.

Both pilots, Squadron Leader Haris bin Khalid and Flying Officer Ibaadur Rehman, aboard the PAF FT-7 aircraft had lost their lives in the crash.

In February when a PAF Mirage aircraft crashed while on a routine operational training mission near Shorkot city in Punjab, Spokesperson added.

A statement issued by the PAF spokesperson at the time had said the pilot safely ejected and no loss of life or property had been reported on the ground.

In March PAF F-16 aircraft had crashed near Shakarparian in Islamabad during rehearsals for the March 23 parade. Wing Commander Nauman Akram was martyred in the crash.

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