Pak­istani jet crashes, killing fe­male pi­lot

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: A fe­male Pak­istani air force pi­lot was killed yes­ter­day when her trainer jet crashed near the cen­tral town of Mian­wali, the mil­i­tary said, the first such loss for the coun­try’s tiny com­mu­nity of women pi­lots.

The crash hap­pened dur­ing “rou­tine op­er­a­tional train­ing”, the air force said in a state­ment. A sec­ond pi­lot sur­vived. “Squadron Leader Saqib Ab­basi and Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Mar­ium Mukhtiar were on a rou­tine op­er­a­tional train­ing mis­sion when it en­coun­tered a se­ri­ous in-flight emer­gency dur­ing the fi­nal stages of the mis­sion,” the air force said.

“En­sur­ing safety of life and property of civil­ian pop­u­la­tion on ground, both the pi­lots ejected and the air­craft crashed near Kun­dian, Mian­wali.”

Mukhtiar is the first fe­male pi­lot of the Pak­istan air force to be killed while on duty. The air force had 19 women pi­lots in 2013, the last year for which the fig­ure was im­me­di­ately avail­able. The crash is the lat­est deadly accident to hit Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary.

In May, a mil­i­tary he­li­copter car­ry­ing di­plo­mats to in­spect a tourism project crashed, killing seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing the am­bas­sadors of Nor­way and Philip­pines. In Au­gust, an­other mil­i­tary he­li­copter be­ing used as an air am­bu­lance crashed near the north­ern dis­trict of Mansehra, killing 12 peo­ple. — AFP

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