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Abbasi becomes first Pakistani PM to fly military chopper

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan has become the first Pakistani to fly a as he piloted a attack helicopter on a test flight.

Abbasi, an aviation enthusiast, took the helicopter for a test flight yesterday, state-run Radio reported.

The Pakistani premier, 58, was in the Turkish capital Istanbul for the ninth summit of D-8 nations.

The D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation, also known as the Developing-8, is an eight-nation grouping of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.

On Pakistan's plan of purchasing attack helicopters, he said the Army is evaluating the helicopter and is negotiating the contract and terms.

He termed the Turkish chopper as an "impressive and good machine".

The prime minister also inspected the helicopter, and was briefed by Turkish aviation officials about the specifications and technical parameters of the combat chopper.

Last month, had participated in an exercise training mission aboard a Air Force F-16 jet.

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First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 14:22 IST