Two pilots killed in Pakistan military plane crash

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistan army aircraft crashed near the city of Gujranwala on Tuesday killing both pilots on board, the military said.

The military said in a statement a "small two-seater Mushshak aircraft on a routine training flight crashed due to technical fault near Gujranwala," 151km south-east of Islamabad.

"Both the pilots embraced shahadat (martyrdom)", it added.

The Pakistan army uses Mushshak aircraft to train pilots commissioned in its aviation wing.

The aircraft, which is manufactured indigenously, is a big source of export earnings for Pakistan and sold to several Middle Eastern countries.

The exact cost of the aircraft and number sold have not been made public.