PESHAWAR: Two pilots of Pakistan Air Force ( PAF ) were martyred when their fighter jet crash landed at airport.
The fighter jet crash landed at Bacha Khan Airport in Peshawar and blew up, martyring the two PAF pilots. The plane which crashed around 11:40am soon after taking off, was facing technical difficulties. The plane fell on the customs landing runway of the airport.
According to eye-witnesses, the fighter pilots had tried to save civilian populace and steered away. But while trying to do so, the plane had crash landed and blew up, the witness added.
Emergency had been declared at the airport by the authorities after the incident. The fires were soon extinguished on the runway.
Smoke could be seen rising from the airport after the plane had crash landed and got blown.
The PAF authorities has just issued a statement regarding the incident. It read: 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. Rescue operation is in progress.
The statement does not, however; confirm the death of the two pilots.