Pakistani fighter pilot dies during practice

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani fighter pilot died yesterday when his F-16 jet crashed in a wooded area near the capital while practising aerobatic manoeuvers ahead of this month’s National Day celebrations, Pakistan’s air force said.

There were no casualties on the ground or damage to property, according to an air force statement. Pakistan’s President Afif Alvi expressed his condolences to the family of the pilot, Noman Akram.

Footage on social media and local TV stations showed black smoke rising from a tree-filled area. One video showed the plane pulling out of a steep dive before heading behind a hill, followed by a ball of fire.

Ambulances and fire brigade arrive near the site of a plane crash in Islamabad, Pakistan. PHOTO: AP