PAF F-16 jet crashes in Islamabad

Today, F-16 fighter airplane of the Pakistan Air Force crashed near Shakarparian in Islamabad, the PAF said in a statement. Police and rescue officials have cordoned off the crash site.

The rescue efforts to contain the huge ball of fire at the site are underway. According to sources, the plane crashed near the chandtara jungle located in the area.

The plane was carrying out routine exercises for the March 23 parade when it crashed, the air force said. There were no immediate reports of causalities in the incident.

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

In Last month, a trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed near Mardan. A Mirage aircraft had crashed near Shorkot city of Punjab’s Jhang district the week before.

The PAF trainer aircraft crashed on a routine training mission near Takht Bhai, according to a press release. And the pilot safely ejected the aircraft before it fell.

Pakistan Air Force said that the aircraft that crashed the week before had been used for training by PAF and crashed on a routine operational training mission. There was no loss of life, official reported in the accident.

Moreover, the two PAF pilots were martyred in January, after a training aircraft crashed near the M M Alam Base in Mianwali. PAF FT-7 aircraft was also on a routine operational training mission, according to an air force spokesperson, when it crash-landed near Mianwali.

It’s been said by PAF it had ordered an inquiry into the cause of the crash.

The footage of the crash  posted on social media, seemingly shot from nearby buildings, showed the moment the plane came down and the smoke and flames billowing into the sky.

Fate of the pilot and co-pilot was not immediately clear.

“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF F-16 aircraft crashed near Shakarparian, Islamabad during the rehearsals of 23 March parade,” the air force said in its statement.

“Rescue teams have been dispatched towards the site of the crash.”