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Shocking Video Shows Pakistani F-16 Crashing in Islamabad during rehearsal for The Pakistan Day Parade

A Pakistan Air Force fighter pilot died on Mar. 11, 2020 when his F-16 jet crashed in a wooded area near Islamabad during a rehearsal for the upcoming Pakistan Day parade.

As the shocking video in this post shows, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter pilot died on Mar. 11, 2020 when his F-16 jet crashed in a wooded area near Islamabad during a rehearsal for the upcoming Pakistan Day parade in the capital, the country’s air force said in a statement.

The service also pointed out that there were no casualties on the ground or damage to property.

According to the Associated Press, Pakistan’s President Afif Alvi expressed his condolences to the family of the pilot, who has been identified as Noman Akram.

The US-built F-16 was taking part in rehearsals for a Pakistan Day airshow and parade planned for Mar. 23, according to a statement by the PAF.

“Rescue teams have been dispatched towards 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 accident”.

A video appeared on social media featured a large plume of smoke billowing into the sky after the plane hit the ground, after having apparently attempted a loop.

A second security official speaking on condition of anonymity also confirmed the crash.

With a fleet of about 50 F-16s, the Vipers are among the most valuable defence tools in the Pakistani military’s arsenal.

On Feb. 27, 2019, two PAF F-16s, one F-16AM Block 15 MLU (S. No. 92731), flown by Wg. Cdr. Nauman Ali Khan, Officer Commanding (OC) No. 29 ‘Aggressor’ Squadron, and one F-16BM Block 15 MLU (S. No. 92606), flown by Sqn. Ldr. Hassan Mehmood Siddiqui, both aircraft from No. 11 ‘Arrows’ Squadron, shot down two Indian Air Force fighters, one MiG-21 Bison (from No. 51 Squadron, flown by Wg. Cdr. Abhinandan Varthaman, the Squadron’s OC) and one Su-30MKI (from No. 221 Squadron, call sign “Avenger”) over Kashmir using AIM-120C AMRAAMs. These were the first air-to-air kills using beyond visual range (BVR) missiles in South Asia. India disputes the loss of the Su-30MKI and instead claimed the downing of an F-16. The only confirmed loss from the engagement was the MiG-21.

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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