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Pakistan Air Force fighter plane crashes near Karachi

IRNA

Islamabad, Oct 16, IRNA -- A French-made Mirage fighter plane of 
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed on Thursday near the port city of 
Karachi, but the pilot ejected safely. 
"Pakistan Air Force reports with regrets that the pilot of a 
Mirage fighter aircraft, while returning from a routine 
operational training mission had to eject due to technical 
malfunctions in the aircraft," a PAF statement said. 
The statement did not give any details why the fighter-jet 
came down. 
The plane was on a routine training mission and its pilot 
ejected safely, it added. 
The aircraft crashed two miles east of Karachi runway in 
Malir Cant. 
The aircraft hit un-occupied Army barracks. No loss of life has 
been reported. However, the barracks have been partially damaged. 
Air Headquarters has constituted a board of inquiry to determine 
the causes of crash. 
According to a report a pilot was injured. But there was no 
official confirmation of the report. 
It was the second crash of PAF plane in less than a month. 
A Mirage fighter plane crashed near Karachi on September 30. 
TK/TSH/AA/213 
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