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Pakistani F-16 crashes during military parade rehearsal

March 11, 2020 (by Asif Shamim) - A Pakistani Air Force F-16 crashed during practice rehearsals for the Pakistan Day military parade over the capital of Islamabad with the loss of the pilot, Wing Commander Noman Akram.

PAF F-16A block 15 #84707 from the 11th sqn seen performing during the Pakistan's Defence Day airshow. [PAF photo]

The F-16 (#92730) crashed in woods near Shakarparian area of the city. No damage or casualties on the ground have been reported.

"Rescue teams have been dispatched to 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 the accident."

Footage on social media showed a large plume of smoke billowing into the sky after the plane plummeted to the ground, having apparently attempted a loop.

Pakistan’s Air Force said that it would investigate the cause of the crash and that it was too early to determine whether it was the result of a technical failure or a bird strike. The jet was performing a standard manoeuvre at a low altitude before it crashed, officials said.

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PAF F-16A block 15 #92730 from 9 sqn is taxiing to the runway for a training sortie. [ photo]