18 dead as PAF training aircraft crashes in Rawalpindi


RAWALPINDI (9Newshd): At least 18 people lost their lives including five military personnel when a plane of Pakistan Army Aviation crashed near Mora Kalu in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed but there was no immediate word on the cause of the accident or the type of aircraft involved. Two pilots were among those martyred. 

The crash also resulted in 12 fatal civilian casualties while 12 others were injured, ISPR added.

Lt Col Saqib, Lt Col Wasim, Naib Subedar Afzal, Hawaldar Amin, and Hawaldar Rahmat were among the martyred, the military’s media wing added.

Soon after the crash, a massive fire broke out that engulfed several houses in the locality.

Rescue workers and army soldiers gather at the site after a military aircraft on a training flight crashed in a built-up area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Rescue teams of 1122 and Pakistan Army immediately reached the site and started the rescue operation. 

ISPR added, rescue officials had extinguished the fire caused by the crash and moved the injured to a local hospital.

In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while traveling from remote northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

The deadliest air disaster on Pakistani soil was in 2010 when an Airbus 321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into the hills outside Islamabad while coming into land, killing all 152 onboard. For more latest news Pakistan, visit 9newshd.tv


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