Pilot dies as PAF fighter jet crashes in Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: A flight lieutenant of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) died in an air crash in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on Saturday.

Flight Lieutenant Omer Shahzad was flying F-7PG when the aircraft encountered a technical fault and crashed, a statement issued by the PAF said.

An investigation into the crash has been launched by the air force.

In November last year, a double-seat version of F-7PG, also known as the FT-7PGs, crashed near Kundian, Mianwali. Female fighter pilot Marium Muktiar died in the air crash which took place during a training mission.

F-7PGs were first inducted in the PAF in 2002 as a replacement for F-6, which were then de-commissioned.

About seven or eight F-7PGs/FT-7PGs have been lost during the 13 years in service. The PAF has more than 50 of the Chinese-made aircraft in its fleet.

The losses of F-7PGs/FT-7PGs in air crashes are within limit, aviation experts say.

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