Pak Air Force jet crashes; pilot killed

A China-made Pakistan Air Force jet crashed while on a routine training mission in southwestern Balochistan province, killing the pilot.

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2012, 14:59 PM IST

Islamabad: A China-made Pakistan Air Force jet
on Wednesday crashed while on a routine training mission in
southwestern Balochistan province, killing the pilot.

"A F-7PG PAF fighter aircraft, while on a routine training
mission, crashed 24 nautical miles north of Quetta (the
capital of Balochistan)," a PAF statement said.

The pilot was killed in the crash, the statement said.
"No loss to civilian life or property on ground has been
reported," it added.

The PAF ordered an official inquiry to determine the cause
of the accident.

The Chinese-made aircraft came down near Pishin, 50 km
from Quetta, shortly after taking off from an airbase, TV news
channels reported.

This was the fourth air force jet to crash in three
months, media reports said.
Two pilots were killed in recent accidents and a
helicopter crash in June last year killed four military
personnel.

The PAF has a large fleet of Chinese aircraft, including
F-7PGs and A-5s.

It also operates US-made F-16s and French Mirage jets.
It recently inducted the JF-7 Thunder jet which was
jointly developed by China and Pakistan.

PTI