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Military aircraft crashes in Pakistan, at least 17 dead

July 30, 2019 | 11:12

A small Pakistani military aircraft crashed during a training flight into the residential area in Rawalpindi city, killed at least 17 people, 5 of them are crew members and 12 others were injured on Tuesday.

A small Pakistani military aircraft crashed during a training flight into the residential area in Rawalpindi city, killed at least 17 people, 5 of them are crew members and 12 others were injured on Tuesday.

Military aircraft crashes in Pakistan, at least 17 dead

Photo: The New York Times.

According to Pakistani military officials, the plane was a part of army aviation corps and was on the routine training flight, crashed to the resident area in Rawalpindi where the headquarters of Pakistani army is located, near the capital Islamabad at 2 am local time, on earlier Tuesday.

The crash killed 17 people, included 5 soldiers in the army plane, and injured 12 local people who was took to the local hospital immediately.

Farooq Butt, the local rescue spokesman confirmed "we have received 17 dead bodies including 12 civilians and five crew members"

“We have shifted all the bodies and injured persons to hospitals. Most of the victims received burn injuries and children are among the dead” said Farooq Butt.

The crash also lead several houses in village of Mora Kalu, near Rawalpindi city. Farooq Butt said “Five houses were damaged and caught fire. The fire has been controlled”.

There are no statement on the cause of the accident and the type of this military aircraft.

Pakistani military turned on the maximum alert since February after India operated launched an airstrike to Pakistan as a response of the suicide bombing caused the death of 40 Indian soldiers in Indian – administered Kashmir. However, Pakistan then shot down two Indian jets and captured one Indian pilot.

This crash of the military aircraft is not the Pakistan’s first plane accident. Pakistan had suffered frequent airplanes and helicopters crashes over the years.

Especially, in 2010, an Airbus a320 of Airblue crashed into the hills outside Islamabad on the Karachi – Islamabad route, 152 people dead.

In 2016, the Pakistan Internal Airlines’ airplane was burned after one of its two turboprop engines failed during the flight from Northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killed more than 40 people