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Pakistan Air Force JF-17 crashes, pilot ejects

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A Pakistan Air Force JF-17 fighter aircraft crashed near Attock in northeastern Punjab on September 15, during a routine training mission, the air force confirmed.

The pilot survived the crash after ejecting, the air force said, adding that there no loss of property was reported on the ground.

The latest crash is the fifth for the Pakistan Air Force this year. The crashes included training aircraft, a Mirage and an F-16 fighter, resulting in the death of three pilots.

A board of inquiry to investigate the cause of the latest crash has been launched.

Martin Baker, the manufacturer of ejection seats, said the September 15 incident marked the first JF-17 ejection of its PK16LE ejection seat.