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18 Dead in Rawalpindi Military Plane Crash

GBee Staff



Photo: AFP

A Pakistan Army aviation aircraft crashes in Rawalpindi killing 18 people including 5 military personnel and 13 civilians. The aircraft crashed into homes in Mora Kalu near Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase 7, Rawalpindi. The accident took place at around 2:00 AM on Tuesday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) published a press statement about the death of 17 people, including five crew members and 12 civilians, however, another injured succumbed to death later.

15 injured civilians are currently being treated in at a nearby hospital, according to Farooq Butt, an official of Rescue 1122.

According to ISPR, the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps aircraft was on a routine training flight. About five homes were ablaze after the crash. Rescue 1122 and Pakistan Army rescue teams reached the site.

The site of Military Plane Crash in Mora Kalu, Rawalpindi
The site of Military Plane Crash in Mora Kalu, Rawalpindi

The deceased have been identified as Lieutenant Colonel Saqib, Lieutenant Colonel Wasim, Havaldar Ibne Ameen, Naib Subedar Afzal, and Havaldar Rehmat.

One resident of the area told AFP that he heard the plane as it buzzed over his house, adding the aircraft appeared to be on fire before it crashed. “The sound was so scary,” Ghulam Khan further said.

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Military personnel inspecting the site where the military plane crashed.

Another resident Mohammad Sadiq said he woke to the sound of an explosion and when he stepped outside he saw huge flames. “People were screaming. We tried to help them but the flames were too high and the fire too intense, so we could not do anything. The dead includes seven members of one family and most of them were burned to death,” Sadiq added.

President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have expressed their condolences in separate statements.

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