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Najam Khan

Khalid' s last encounter

On 31st January ,1989, Flt. Lt. Khalid Mehmood (No.14Sqn) while flying solo night 'hot' scramble in F-16B was directed to investigate a border violation near Bannu and he duly headed towards the area at 10,000 ft under GCI direction. As Khalid moved closer under GCI control, the aircraft put its lights on and was revealed to be An-24. Under the rules of engagement then in fore, Khalid was directed to let it go, so he pulled up and began flying above it, advising GCI that it looked like the An-24 was planning to land. Ultimately the transport made an approach to the River Kuram ( a dried-up river bed) and the pilot may have been under the impression that it was paved runway. Moments after touching down, the An-24 Struck a palm tree and engulfed in a massive explosion, followed by numerous detonations as the load of ammunition it was carrying 'cooked-off' in the intense heat . This is regarded as 'Manoeuvre' Kill. For more visit: http://www.pafwallpapers.com/kill_illustrations.htm

Khalid' s last encounter
Najam Khan, Sep 9, 2009