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Four pilots killed as two PAF aircraft collide in Nowshera

Four pilots and a civilian were killed and seven persons sustained injuries as two Mushak trainer aircraft of Pakistan Air Force collided in the air on Thursday moring during routine flight mission in Rashakai area here. According to Police and eyewitnesses, the two Mushak planes collided in the air in the Nowshera area. One of them fell on a house while the other in fields. Police and local people recovered dead bodies of four pilots from debris. Eight persons including four children and two women were sustained injuries from the debris. According to details, two houses were completely damaged, and some partially, after the plane came down and hit the houses in Rashakai area which is a small town located along the Nowshera-Mardan road, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. PAF sources said that two trainee and two instructor pilots were killed in the incident. The deceased were identified as Mohazzam, Mustafa, Masood and Zareen. According to eye witnesses, the wings of both the airplanes collided with each other, setting the aircraft on fire, which caused the planes to crash. “One of the aircraft crashed over a house, injuring a girl and an elderly man, and the second plane crashed in the fields.” Police sources said. Reports say the aircraft were the Mushshak, a basic training airplane used by PAF. Security forces and police cordoned off the entire area and locals began rescue efforts. The injured were shifted to a local hospital. Pakistan Air force Headquarters has issued orders to ascertain reasons of the crash. Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar minister for defence has expressed his deep sorrow over the Pak Air Force jet collision incident.

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