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Pakistani air force says fighter jet has crashed during training, killing woman co-pilot


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's Air Force says a fighter jet has crashed during a routine training exercise and that the aircraft's female co-pilot died following the crash.

A statement from the Air Force says there was a "serious in-flight emergency during the final stages" of the exercise over Punjab province on Tuesday and that both the pilot and co-pilot of the FT-7PG aircraft ejected.

Both were seriously injured and the female co-pilot later died of her injuries, becoming the first woman pilot in the Pakistani Air Force to die while in service.

The jet crashed near the town of Kundian in Mianwali district.

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