A Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed in the capital city of Islamabad on Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the air force said.
The Dawn News reported the death of Wing Commander Nauman Akram.
Pak Air Force F-16 pilot Wg Cdr Nauman Akram of 9 Squadron in Sargodha tragically killed in a crash today during rehearsals for March 23 display. Condolences to the family of the pilot. Was known to be an excellent aviator. pic.twitter.com/KCq532LMTz
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 11, 2020
The US-built F-16 was taking part in rehearsals for a Pakistan Day air show and parade set to take place on March 23, according to a statement by the Pakistan Air Force earlier.
“Rescue teams have been dispatched towards the site of the crash,” the statement said, adding that “a board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident”.
Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz had said officials from the Pakistan Army and PAF had cordoned off the area and would conduct any further rescue operations.
The aircraft crashed on the hills of Shakarparian in Islamabad. Shakarparian is a hill in the capital, located near the Zero Point Interchange.
— Faiz Paracha (@fezi22) March 11, 2020
Last month, a PAF trainer aircraft crashed on February 12 during a routine training mission near Takht Bhai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mardan district. It was the third PAF training aircraft to have crashed while on a routine training mission in less than two months.
On Feb 7, a PAF Mirage aircraft, which was also on a routine operational training mission, had crashed near the Lahore-Multan Motorway. Pilots in both cases had ejected safely.
Earlier in January, a PAF aircraft had crashed while on a training mission near Mianwali. Both pilots – Squadron Leader Haris bin Khalid and Flying Officer Ibaadur Rehman – aboard the PAF FT-7 aircraft had lost their lives in the crash.