PAF JF-17 crashes into Arabian Sea

New Delhi: A JF-17, a Chinese designed fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) No 16 Squadron, crashed into the Arabian Sea on September 27 during Exercise High Mark, a Pakistani military exercise.

The aircraft, operating from PAF Base Masroor, was on a routine night mission when the accident took place. It is reported that the pilot had ejected safely.

The search and rescue operations are being conducted by the Pakistan Navy employing Navy seeking helicopters, P3C Orion aircraft and SR vessels.

The Exercise High Mark commenced on September 19. No 16 Squadron is based at the PAF base Kamra or Minhas Airbase and is equipped with Block-I JF-17s.

This is the second JF-17 crash, casting serious doubts on the fitness of the Chinese designed fighter aircraft.