Peshawar: Fuel tanks jettisoned by a Pakistan Air Force jet fell into the Indus river in the country`s northwest on Wednesday, triggering reports that a trainer aircraft had crashed.
PAF spokesman Tariq Mahmood clarified that a fighter jet "jettisoned its fuel drop tanks due to technical reasons over the river Indus while on a training mission?. He denied reports that a trainer aircraft had crashed into the river.
There was no loss or damage on the ground due to the jettisoning of fuel tanks by the jet, Mahmood said in a statement.
Earlier, police officials had told the media that a Mushak trainer aircraft crashed into the river near Chota Lahore in Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Swabi district police chief Mian Saeed had erroneously claimed that pieces of an aircraft had been recovered and that its pilot and co-pilot were missing.