A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft crashed near Pindigheb, Attock, on Tuesday, the service said in a statement.
According to the Air Force statement, the incident happened during a routine training mission and the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft. The statement added that no loss of life or property has been reported on ground.
This is the fifth similar accident this year. The Air Force said that a board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the crash.
Even though the local reports initially didn’t identify the aircraft, British ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker confirmed that the jet was indeed a JF-17 Thunder. The JF-17 is fitted with Martin-Baker’s PK16LE ejection seats.
The Martin-Baker statement added that the incident marked the first JF-17 ejection.
A Pakistan Air Force JF-17 aircraft crashed earlier today during a routine training mission, the pilot ejected successfully.
This marks the first JF-17 ejection, an aircraft that’s fitted with Martin-Baker PK16LE ejection seats. pic.twitter.com/HGnDLcxzm8
— Martin-Baker (@MB_EjectEject) September 15, 2020