March 7, 2021

At least 17 killed in an accident of an army plane in Pakistan

At least 17 people died and 12 others were injured on Tuesday when a Pakistan Army training plane crashed in a residential area near the city of Rawalpindi, neighboring Islamabad.

"A small Pakistan Army plane has crashed near the city of Rawalpindi during routine training," the military communication office (ISPR) said in a statement.

The military indicated that 12 civilians died in the incident, in addition to five crew members.

An Islamabad airport police spokesman, Nazir Hussain, told Efe that the accident happened at dawn in the town of Mora Kalu, adjacent to Rawalpindi, and that the plane crashed into a residential area.

"Many houses are damaged," Hussain said.

The Exercise reported that civil and military rescue teams are at the scene of the incident, where they have extinguished the fire that caused the accident.

The injured have been transferred to hospitals.

One of the last relevant air accidents in Pakistan occurred in 2015, when the ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway and the wives of diplomats from Malaysia and Indonesia died in the accident of a military helicopter.

The Asian country lived in 2010 one of its worst aerial tragedies when 152 people died in a plane crash in Islamabad.

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