New Delhi: An F-16 fighter jet of the Pakistani Air Force on Wednesday crashed in Islamabad in an accident during a rehearsal for an upcoming military parade for Republic Day celebrations set to take place on March 23. Flight’s Wing Commander Nauman Akram was killed in the accident. Also Read - China Building Makeshift Hospital For Pakistan to Treat Coronavirus Patients

Rescue teams rushed to the crash site on Shakarparian hill in Islamabad to ascertain details and determine the cause of the incident. The PAF has cordoned off the area to conduct further rescue operations. Also Read - Coronavirus: In Letter to UNSC, Pakistan Highlights 'Dire Human Rights Situation' in Jammu And Kashmir

The video footage of the incident went viral across social media platforms. Subsequently, the Pakistan Air Force released a statement expressing regret over the incident. Also Read - COVID-19: Pakistan Says Situation Under Control as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 1,526

“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF F-16 aircraft crashed near Shakarparian, Islamabad during the rehearsals of 23rd March parade. Rescue teams have been dispatched towards the site of the crash,” the statement read.

The F-16 fighter jet is Pakistan’s one of the most valuable defence gears in the military arsenal. More details are awaited.