A Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 fighter aircraft operated by the Pakistan air force has crashed shortly after taking from Kamra air base, killing the pilot, an industry source said.
The PAF confirmed that the aircraft was flying at low level and crashed shortly after takeoff on 14 November. The lost aircraft was due for induction into the PAF's third operational JF-17 squadron. This is the first known crash of the aircraft.
The incident came as China and Pakistan mounted a major sales push for the JF-17 at the Dubai air show. This is the JF-17's first major international air show since Farnborough in 2010. The aircraft missed Paris this year owing to political instability in Pakistan.