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Pilot killed in crash of Pakistani F-16 fighter in Islamabad

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The Pakistan Air Force said an F-16 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday in an area used to organize military parades in the capital, Islamabad, killing the pilot, who was training for an air show marking “Pakistan Day”.

A video clip of the American-made plane, which appeared to be out of control, plunged and pushed down, then collided with the ground and caught fire.

“The wing commander, Noman Akram, received testimony in the crash,” an Air Force spokesman told Reuters by phone.

He added that he was the only pilot on the plane.

The plane was participating in exercises for the air show to be held on March 23 on the occasion of (Pakistan Day).

The Air Force said that rescue teams were working on the scene to verify if there were any other losses.

A local official said there was little possibility of any casualties on the ground because the plane had crashed in the area of ‚Äč‚Äčlargely deserted military performances, despite being in the heart of the capital.

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