Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar lost her life in an unfortunate aircrash today in Mianwali. She became the first female pilot to have died on a mission when a PAF trainer jet crashed near Kundian, Tuesday afternoon.
Chinese variant of the Mig-21, the FT-7 flown by Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi and his co-pilot Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine operational training mission when it encountered an in-flight emergency towards the end of training mission as per PAF statement.
“Both pilots handled the emergency with professionalism and courage and tried to save the aircraft till the last minute, ensuring safety of property and the civilian population on the ground,” read the statement.
Both pilots ejected from the aircraft and sustained injuries. They were being treated at a nearby military hospital, where Flying Officer Mariam Mukhtiar succumbed to her injuries and embraced shahadat. She was 24 years old and hailed from Karachi.
Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi is a quite known personality. He was previously flying with aerobatics team of the PAF, which is famously known as Sherdils.