KARACHI -  A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Mirage jet crashed near Karachi's Musharraf Colony on Tuesday killing pilot of the aircraft.

“A PAF aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Masroor Base, Karachi,” PAF spokesperson said in a statement. “No loss of civilian life or property has been reported on ground. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.”

A huge explosion was heard as the Mirage aircraft went down. Following the incident, the area was surrounded by law enforcement agencies as well as officials and personnel of the PAF. Fire tenders and ambulances were also immediately dispatched to the spot since the plane had exploded and caught fire soon after the crash. Helicopters were also called in to participate in the rescue and relief operation.

Though the PAF spokesperson did not share the details of the pilot, however, the martyred pilot was said to be identified as Fayyaz. Smokes rising to the sky could be seen at the scene.