Pakistani Military Aircraft Crashes On Training Flight, 17 Killed

30 Juillet, 2019, 05:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

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A Pakistani military plane on a training flight crashed into homes near the garrison city of Rawalpindi before dawn Tuesday, killing at least 17 people, a lot of them on the ground.

According to Reuters, citing local officials, a Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed in a built-up area, killing all five crew members and 12 civilians.

The crash resulted in a large fire which engulfed several houses.

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Lt Col Saqib, Lt Col Wasim, Naib Subedar Afzal, Hawaldar Amin, Hawaldar Rahmat were among the dead. Rawalpindi is close to the capital, Islamabad, and is where the headquarters of the Pakistan army is based.

The cause of the crash is not yet known; rescue officials report the plane "suddenly lost control with the tower". "So far we have retrieved 15 dead bodies, including 10 civilians and five crew members", adding that a further 12 people had been injured.

The ISPR said that rescue teams of the Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122 had reached the site of the incident and a fire had been extinguished. While the injured and bodies were shifted to the Holy Family and DHQ hospitals in Rawalpindi.

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