A JF-17, a Chinese-designed fighter aircraft belonging to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) No 16 Squadron, has been reported to have crashed into the Arabian Sea on 27 September. The mishap occurred during the Exercise High Mark - a Pakistani military exercise.
The aircraft, operating from PAF Base Masroor, was on a routine night mission when the accident took place. It is reported that the pilot had ejected safely.
The search and rescue operations are being conducted by the Pakistan Navy employing Navy seeking helicopters, P3C Orion aircraft and SR vessels.
The Exercise High Mark commenced on September 19. No 16 Squadron is based at the PAF base Kamra or Minhas Airbase and is equipped with Block-I JF-17s.
This is the second JF-17 crash, casting serious doubts on the fitness of the Chinese designed fighter aircraft.