ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar became the first female pilot to have died on a mission when a PAF trainer jet crashed near Kundian, Mianwali, Tuesday afternoon.
A PAF FT-7PG flown by Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi and co-pilot Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine operational training mission when it encountered an in-flight emergency during the final stages of the mission, said a 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.
They 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.
Marium was 24 years old and hailed from Karachi.
In an interview with BBC early last year, Marium talked about the challanges of being a female pilot in a male-dominated environment.
Marium said she joined the air force because she was inspired by the “pomp” and wanted to do “something different.”
She also said her mother had been concerned about her decision to join the force but had supported her throughout.