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  • Fighter jet made by Pakistan and China crashed in Venezuela
  • K-8W Karakorum trainer jet crashed in Zulia; both pilots survived
  • Chinese J-7 jet had crashed during training in Xiangyang recently

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Jet crash: Pakistan, China-made aircraft crashes in Venezuela days after J-7 mishap| K-8W Karakorum

Venezuelan Air Force's K-8W Karakorum jet crashed on 18 June. The aircraft was designed and manufactured by Pakistan and China.

Days after a fighter aircraft crashed in China, another jet made by Pakistan and China crashed in Venezuela.

A Venezuelan Air Force jet crashed on 18 June. The mishap occurred in Zulia provinc, and both the pilots survived. The aircraft which crashed was a K-8W Karakorum, which is used as a light trainer jet by Venezuela. Caracas has reportedly bought 36 of the Pakistan, China jets.

Unconfirmed reports said that this was Venezuela's fourth K-8W crash.

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The $20 million jet was jointly designed by Pakistani and Chinese firms. The K-8 Karakorum is a tandem-seat advanced jet trainer with low-set, unswept wing. Its first flight was in 1991, and the first batch was delivered to Pakistan Air Force in 1995.

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, and Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Company produce the jet. Apart from training, the aircraft can be used for low-level defence, and reconnaissance. The jet has reportedly been bought by Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt, Ghana, Sudan, and Namibia among others.

On June 9, a fighter jet had crashed in China's Xiangyang during a training mission. The aircraft was a J-7, and the pilot ejected safely. The jet had crashed into some houses killing one person, and injuring two others. The J-7 is reportedly China's most-exported jet, with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar among the prominent buyers.

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