ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar became the first female pilot to have died on a mission when a PAF trainer jet crashed near Kundian, Mianwali, Tuesday afternoon.The air force said in a statement that she was the first of its women pilots to embrace martyrdom.
According to media reports, Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar and Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi were flying a training mission on an FT-7PG aircraft and encountered a serious in-flight emergency during the final stages. Both the pilots handled the serious emergency with professionalism and courage and tried to save the ill-fated aircraft till the very last minute.
Though both the pilots were able to eject on time, they sustained injuries. Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar succumbed to the injuries at a nearby military hospital. Squadron Leader Saqib, the instructor pilot is still in the ICU.
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