Woman pilot hurt in Pakistan Air Force plane crash (Lead)

January 25th, 2012 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 25 (IANS) A woman pilot and her flight coordinator were injured when a Pakistan Air Force training aircraft crashed Wednesday in Punjab province, a media report said.

The small aircraft crashed in Mianwali at about 10.20 a.m. when the woman pilot was on a routine training mission with her flight coordinator, reported Xinhua citing a TV report.

Eyewitnesses said the plane caught fire before crashing to the ground.

The training aircraft, Mushshak, is a plane manufactured by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. The MFI-17 Mushshak (The Proficient) is a light-weight, robust, two/three seater, single engine, predominantly all metal aircraft with tricycle fixed landing gear.

At present over 200 Mushshak planes are in service in the Pakistan Air Force.

The plane is used for training the student pilots about the fundamentals of aircraft operation and night flying.

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