Pilots safe as Army Aviation trainer aircraft crash-lands near Wazirabad

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Staff Report

GUJRANWALA

A Pakistan Army Aviation Mushak trainer aircraft crash-landed in a paddy field in the Wazirabad area of Gujranwala district on Saturday.

An Army captain and an instructor were on board the aircraft remained safe in the incident.

The plane developed a technical fault while flying over Dilawar Cheema near river Chenab, forcing the pilots to make a crash-landing in a paddy field.

Security officials and Rescue 1122 personnel reached the site soon after the incident.

The Mushshak basic trainer is a light-weight, single-engine aircraft. It can operate from any short unprepared strip and is ideal for basic flight training, instrument flying, aerobatics, stalls and deliberate spins, night flying, navigation flying and formation flying.

The aircraft, which has a structure life of 9,500 hours, was developed keeping flexibility in mind ─ it covers both army cooperation and primary flying training.

Earlier in July, a small military plane went down in a populated area on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, killing all five crew members on board and at least 13 people on the ground.

The aircraft – belonging to Pakistan Army Aviation – was on a routine training flight when it crashed in a ‘built-up’ area near Mora Kalu.

The ISPR statement didn’t specify the type of the aircraft, but the British Broadcasting Corporation claimed it was a Beechcraft King Air 350.