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Pakistan loses first female fighter pilot in crash

By WITW Staff on November 24, 2015

A female fighter pilot from Pakistan was killed when her plane had an “in-flight emergency” and she and her co-pilot were ejected from the plane as it crashed in Punjab, the country’s air force announced on Tuesday. Marium Mukhtiar was one of only 20 or so women in the Pakistani Air Force since it began allowing women in combat roles in 2006, according to the BBC. Mukhtiar had told the network in a 2014 interview that she had wanted to “do something different” in her life by becoming a pilot.

“Ensuring safety of life and property of civilian population on ground, both the pilots ejected and the aircraft crashed near Kundian, Mianwali,” the PAF said. “Both the pilots handled the serious emergency with professionalism and courage and tried to save the ill-fated aircraft till the very last minute.”

The reason for the crash was not yet clear. Mukhtiar’s male co-pilot survived the crash with injuries. Mukhtiar was the first female Pakistani pilot to die on an operational flight.

Read the full story at BBC News.