A Pakistan Air Force pilot died, when his F-16 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday.
The fighter jet crashed near Shakarparian Parade Ground in Islamabad during a rehearsal for an upcoming military parade in the capital.
Pilot, Wing Commander Noman Akram was unable to eject from the aircraft and perished with the plane.
The US-built F-16 was taking part in rehearsals for a Pakistan Day airshow and parade set to take place on March 23,
Unconfirmed report says the engine caught fire and emitting smoke from afterburner before hitting the ground., and the Air Force said it was too early to determine whether it was the result of a technical failure or a bird strike.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said: “Laying one’s life is the ultimate sacrifice one can make for defence of the motherland. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts and sincere prayers for the bereaved family.”
This CCTV footage is another testament to the flying skills of Wing Commander #NomanAkram Shaheed who not only saved the population but also tried to land & save the #F16 till the last moment without ejecting. Salute to the brave son of #Pakistan & #PakistanAirForce 🌹 pic.twitter.com/Zq8tths7uo
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) March 11, 2020