GUJRANWALA: Two pilots were martyred when a training aircraft of Army aviation crashed near Chenab Bridge in Gujranwala on Tuesday. Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said the aircraft, Mashaq was on a routine training flight when it crashed after developing a technical glitch. Instructor pilot Major Azhar and trainee pilot Captain Ahmed lost their lives in the air crash.
The statement said, “Both the pilots handled the serious emergency with professionalism and courage and tried to save the ill-fated aircraft till the very last minute.” Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar and Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi were flying a training mission on a FT-7PG aircraft and encountered a “serious in-flight emergency” during the final stages, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said in a statement. The crash took place in Kundian, Mianwali district, about 175 kilometres (109 miles) south-west of Islamabad.