Crash landing: PAF cargo aircraft catches fire


News Desk

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) C-130 cargo aircraft made a crash landing at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi on Friday.

The aircraft caught fire after the hard landing and the pilot and the trainee pilot were reported safe by authorities.

The PAF C-130 was on a routine training flight, according to a spokesman for the service who also added that the fire was successfully extinguished and all crew members are safe.

A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to ascertain the cause of the incident, the PAF spokesman said.

The C-130 craft which is the US manufactured four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, is the workhorse of the air force’s fixed-wing transport fleet. The tactical transport aircraft was inducted into the PAF in the early 1960s and has remained at the forefront of relief operations during natural calamities.

Apart from transporting all manner of cargo, the aircraft has also been in use by paratroopers and special operation forces when performing airborne operations.