PAF Aircraft Crashes Near In Rawalpindi: 17 Dead include 5 military personnel
RAWALPINDI: At least 17 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.
According to rescue sources, the death toll may further rise as several persons are still trapped in the wreckage. Meanwhile, an emergency has been declared in all hospital of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
According to rescue sources, three houses collapsed after the plane crash which five other houses were engulfed by fire.
Rescue sources informed that the civilians died in the plane crash included Jameel, Rubeena, Zuhaib, Pari, Fatima, Uzma, Bashir, Abdul Hafeez, Rahila, Faizan, Faiza, Abdur Rauf, and Amna Bibi.
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the military aircraft crash in Rawalpindi.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also expressed grief about the loss of lives in the incident.