Pakistan Army Mushshak Trainer Aircraft Crashes Near Gujrat, Two Killed

A Pakistan Army MFI-17 Mushshak trainer aircraft crashed near the city of Gujrat in eastern Punjab province on Monday morning killing two pilots.

The aircraft was on a routine training flight when the incident occurred, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The deceased pilots were identified as Major Umer, an instructor pilot, and Lieutenant Faizan, a student pilot. Major Umer hailed from Gujrat, while Lieutenant Faizan was a resident of Kalkahar. There were no casualties on the ground.

Last month, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft crashed near Shakarparian in Islamabad while conducting rehearsals for the Pakistan Day parade. The pilot killed in the incident was identified as Wing Commander Noman Akram.

The PAC MFI-17 Mushshak is a license-built fixed-gear basic trainer aircraft used by the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Air Force. An improved version of the Saab Safari, the MFI-17 is manufactured in Kamra, Pakistan by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

Built to Mil-Spec and fully aerobatic, Mushshak is used for training, towing and other ground support roles. An upgraded version, the PAC Super Mushshak, has also been produced by PAC.

PAC also unveiled a light attack variant of the Super Mushshak in March 2019. The aircraft is capable of launching Barq laser-guided and anti-tank missiles. The Super Mushshak is in use by Pakistan Air Force, Turkish Air Force and briefly by Nigerian Air Force.

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