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Pakistani Air Force Jet Crashes In Punjab Killing Its Pilot

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February 15, 2008 7:34 p.m. EST


Annie Simoy - AHN News Writer

Islamabad, Pakistan (AHN) - A Pakistani Air Force (PAF) French-made Mirage

fighter jet crashed Friday in eastern Punjab killing its pilot.

"Pakistan's Air Force announces with great sorrow and grief that a Mirage

fighter aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed

30 Kilometers South East of Sargodha," the government said.

According to the statement, PAF pilot Azhar Ismael was killed when the plane

suffered a technical malfunction. Senior Air Force officials have ordered an

inquiry to determine the accident's exact cause.

Pakistan has the second biggest arsenal of Mirage jets, behind France.

Pakistan also contracts the maintenance of the jets out to France.

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