Two pilots of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were martyred on Tuesday as their fighter jet blew up during crash-landing at Bacha Khan International Airport, official sources said.
Official sources said the aircraft crashed soon after taking off from the airport around 11:40am near the customs landing runway. It is believed that the plane crashed due to a technical fault.
An eye-witness said, “The pilots tried to save the nearby civilian population and steered the jet back towards runway but it blew up during crash-landing.”
Smoke could be seen rising from the vicinity of the airport after the incident.
An emergency was declared at the airport after the incident. However, airport sources said the rescue staff managed to douse the flames and clear the runway.
There has been no official word from authorities on the incident.