Pakistan Air Force F-16 crashes during Republic Day parade practice

ISLAMABAD | An F-16 belonging to the Pakistan Air Force has crashed in Islamabad while practicing for the Republic Day parade, killing the pilot.

Wing Commander Nouman Akram died in the accident, which is now the subject of an inquiry by the Pakistan Air Force. There were no casualties on the ground or damage to property.

The jet was rehearsing a solo aerobatic display, due to be performed at the Republic Day parade on the 23rd March. The parade typically includes several solo displays from the Pakistan Air Force, such as the F-16 Fightning Falcon or JF-17 Thunder, as well as flypasts and a performance by Pakistan’s aerobatic team, the Sherdils. Foreign air forces, including those of China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have also performed on occasions.