Updated: July 30, 2019 9:58:43 am
At least 17 people were killed and 12 injured after a Pakistani military aircraft crashed into a residential area near Rawalpindi in the early hours of Tuesday, reported Reuters. All five crew members on the aircraft and 12 civilians were killed in the incident.
A Pakistani rescue official has said that the small plane was on a training flight. The reason for the crash is being ascertained. Rescue teams were rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire.
The plane lost communication with the tower, before crashing in the village of Mora Kalu on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, and setting fire to residential structures. “The plane hit the side of the building and the structure it has crashed into has completely collapsed,’ an army officer at the scene told Reuters. They also said that the toll could rise as some of the injured were critical.
Farooq Butt, an official at the state-run emergency service, told The Associated Press, “We have shifted all the bodies and injured persons to hospitals. Most of the victims received burn injuries and children are among the dead.”
Residents said they woke up to a loud explosion and saw the debris of the plane near their homes. “My sister, her husband and their three children were killed when the plane crashed into their home,” said one Mohammad Mustafa.
Abdul Rehman, a doctor, told the Associated Press that at least three homes were badly damaged and the pilots’ bodies had been retrieved.
The crash site in Rawalpindi is close to capital Islamabad where Pakistan Army’s headquarters is based.
(With inputs from AP, Reuters)
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