PAF’s F-16 plane crashes in Islamabad, pilot martyred

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ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Air Force F-16 aircraft crashed near Shakarparian area of Islamabad on Wednesday during rehearsals of 23rd March parade.
According to a spokesman of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Wing Commander Noman Akram embraced martyrdom in the incident.
“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF F-16 aircraft crashed near Shakarparian, Islamabad during the rehearsals of 23rd March parade,” said the statement.
According to the PAF spokesperson, rescue teams were dispatched towards the site of the crash. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed their deep grief over the martyrdom of Wing Commander Nauman Akram as a result of PAF fighter jet crash in the federal capital.
The President and the Prime Minister in their separate messages prayed for the departed soul to rest in heaven and for the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.
Earlier in January, two PAF pilots were martyred after a training aircraft crashed near the MM Alam Base in Mianwali.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed their deep grief over the martyrdom of Wing Commander Nauman Akram as a result of PAF fighter jet crash in the federal capital.
The President and the Prime Minister in their separate messages prayed for the departed soul and for the fortitude of the deceased family.
According to a Spokesperson of Pakistan Air Force, a PAF F-16 fighter jet crashed near Shakarparian, Islamabad on Wednesday during the rehearsal of March 23 annual parade.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday paid a glowing tribute on martyrdom of brave heart Wing Commander Noman Akram in the line of duty.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS 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.”
Meanwhile, Funeral prayers of Wing Commander Noman Akram offered in Islamabad after the pilot embraced martyrdom when a fighter jet crashed near Shakarparian area of the federal capital.
The funeral prayers attended by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood and other high-ranking officers.
Later, the body of Noman Akram was taken to his native area for burial. The martyred wing commander is survived by a widow and two children.
Akram’s father had also served Pakistan Army and retired as brigadier rank. The pilot’s funeral prayers will also be offered at Sargodha base, whereas, he will be laid to rest in Lahore. – TLTP, NNI