Pakistan Air Force fighter plane crashes near Karachi
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Dec 20, IRNA
A French-made Mirage fighter plane of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed in the suburbs of the port city of Karachi on Wednesday, but the pilot ejected safely, a PAF spokesman said.
The plane was on a routine operational training mission and came down some in a ground of Manghopir locality of Karachi, the spokesman said.
TV channels reported that technical fault may have caused the crash.
The Air Headquarters has constituted a board of inquiry to determine the cause of the crash.
Pakistan's arsenal of Mirages is the second biggest after France, which is not only maintaining a big fleet of Mirages but is also overhauling the planes of the PAF and air forces of several friendly countries.
Besides Mirages, PAF's fleet currently comprises US-origin F-16s and Chinese-made F-7s, F-7PGs and A-5s.
Pakistan is also set to fly the JF-17 (Thunder) aircraft early next year, which it has been manufacturing jointly with China.
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