A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) FT-7PG trainer aircraft crashed during landing at the Peshawar Air Base on Tuesday killing both the pilots.
“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF FT-7PG trainer aircraft, while recovering from a routine operational training mission, crashed during landing at Peshawar Air Base,” the PAF statement said.
Official sources said the aircraft crashed around 11:40am near the customs landing runway. Smoke could be seen rising from the vicinity of the airport after the incident.
The accident took place when the aircraft was returning from a routine operational training mission. Wing Commander Umar and Flying Officer Israr lost their lives in the incident, according to PAF officials.
According to initial reports, the plane crashed due to a technical fault. A board of inquiry was constituted to look into the incident.
FT-7PG is the trainer version of F-7PG fighter aircraft operated by the Pakistan Air Force. F-7 is the export version of the Chengdu J-7 “Fishcan” fighter jet, a People’s Republic of China license-built version of the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21.
F7-PGs were first inducted in the PAF in 2002 as a replacement for the F-6, which were then decommissioned. The trainer FT-7PGs came later and a total of nine was delivered.
About 11 or 12 F7-PGs/FT-7PGs have been lost during their 15 years in service. The PAF has more than 50 of the Chinese-made aircraft in its fleet.