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Pakistan Air Force fighter jet crashes

Written by: Staff

Islamabad, Apr 5 (UNI) A Chinese-origin F-7 fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed today while on a routine operational training mission near Islamabad.

''The aircraft crash near Pindigheb town, 95 kilometers southwest of Islamabad, was apparently due to technical malfunction with the pilot sustaining fatal injuries,'' a PAF spokesman said here today.

However, he said no loss of civilian life or property has been reported on ground.

The PAF is currently flying Chinese-origin F-7s, F-7PG and A-5 fighter planes, which Beijing supplied to the Air Force in last two decades. Pakistan will also begin inducting Chinese medium tech JF-17 (Thunder) aircraft from March 2007, which it has already manufactured jointly with China.

''A board of inquiry has been set up to determine cause of the accident,'' the spokesman added.


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