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Four dead in second Pakistan Air Force crash in a week

Pakistan Air Force aircraft (file photo)
Image caption The Pakistan Air Force features largely Chinese and locally made aircraft

Two Pakistan Air Force light aircraft have collided in mid-air on a routine training mission north-west of Islamabad - killing two trainee pilots and two instructors - police say.

Correspondents say it was the second Pakistan Air Force crash in a week and the sixth in seven months.

The crashes have raised concerns about the safety of its predominantly Chinese and locally-made fleet.

The cause of the latest accident was not immediately clear.

One of the two-seater propelled Mushshak planes crashed into a house, injuring a girl and an elderly man, while the second came down in fields in the Rashkai area, 160km (100 miles) north-west of the capital.

On Friday a fighter jet crashed near the south-western town of Sonmiani but the pilot managed to eject safely.

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