October 23, 2016

Pakistani female fighter pilot died in air crash Punjab

Pakistani female fighter pilot has died in an air crash in Punjab. The air force said she was on a routine training mission when her plane met an “in-flight emergency” over Mianwali district, the air force said.

She and her co-pilot ejected. She later died from her injuries in hospital.

Flying Officer Mukhtiar was one of a small number of women to work as fighter pilots in Pakistan, and the first to die on operational service.

She told BBC News last year of her journey into a traditionally male-dominated world and desire to “do something different”.

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