PAF F-16 crashes near Shakarparian in Islamabad

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A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft crashed near the Shakarparian area of the federal capital on Wednesday, said a statement by the armed service.

The fighter aircraft was rehearsing the upcoming March 23 parade flypast at the time of the incident.

The PAF statement added that rescue teams were dispatched towards the site of the crash and Air Headquarters has ordered a board of inquiry has been established to determine the cause of the incident.

There were no details on the status of the crew.

The F-16 serves as the premier air defence fighter in the PAF and the first batch was acquired in the 1980s. The air force operates multiple versions of the aircraft, with the Block 52s being the most modern.

PAF’s F-16 fleet has undergone multiple upgrades and remains a potent and lethal force to counter a peer adversary.

Earlier in February, a PAF trainer aircraft crashed near Takht Bhai area of Mardan district during a routine flight.

In January,  two PAF pilots were martyred as an FT-7 aircraft on a routine operational training mission crashed near Mianwali.

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