October 18, 2016

Wing Commander Fayyaz killed as Pakistan Air Force Mirage jet crashes in Karachi

Pakistan Air Force Losses since late September 2016 - 4 aircrafts

  • 1 F-7PG aircraft - Fl. Lt. Omer Shahzad dead
  • 1 JF17 aircraft  - Sqn Ldr Rizwan dead
  • 1 GIDS Shahpar UAV crash
  • 1 Mirage V - Wing Commander Fayyaz dead

A pilot of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was killed on Tuesday as his Mirage jet crashed near Karachi’s Musharraf Colony.

According to Squadron leader Baqir Ali, PAF Mirage jetbearing tale number 921 took off from Masroor Base, before it crashed near Musharraf Colony. The pilot died on the spot, police officials stated.

“A Mirage plane crashed near Musharraf colony,” Senior Superintendent Police city confirmed.

“The pilot ejected from the aircraft and sustained fatal injuries,” PAF spokesperson said in a statement, adding that though the pilot did not survive himself, he “succeeded in saving precious lives on ground.”

“No loss of civilian life or property has been reported. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident,” the statement read.

Last month, a PAF pilot was killed as his fighter jet crashed in Jamrud, Khyber Agency. “The pilot of the aircraft Flt Lt Omer Shazad sustained fatal injuries,” the military’s media wing ISPR said. The PAF aircraft was on a routine operational training mission.

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