ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) C-130 cargo aircraft crash-landed at the Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Friday.
The aircraft caught fire after the hard landing and the pilot and the trainee pilot were reported safe by authorities.
The PAF C-130 was on a routine training flight, said a spokesman for the service and added that the fire was extinguished and all crew members are safe.
A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to ascertain the cause of the incident, said a PAF spokesman.
The C-130, a US manufactured four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, is the workhorse of the air force’s fixed-wing transport fleet. The tactical transport aircraft was inducted into the PAF in the early 1960s and has remained at the forefront of relief operations during natural calamities.
Apart from transporting all manner of cargo, the aircraft is also used by paratroopers and special operation forces when performing airborne operations.