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17 Killed As Pakistan Army Plane Crashes in Rawalpindi

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Pakistan plane: Army aircraft crashes into residential area killing 17

Tragic news coming out of Rawalpindi. At least seventeen people were killed after a small military plane crashed into a residential area in Rawalpindi early Tuesday morning.

The plane crashed in Bahria Town after which fire erupted in five houses, according to Pakistan Army’s media wing. A huge fireball was created that lit up the night sky and terrified residents. Five crew members and 12 civilians are dead. Twelve people are reportedly injured.

Fires, damaged homes and debris were visible on the outskirts of Rawalpindi after daybreak. Troops and police cordoned off the residential area to search for plane debris and investigative evidence after the rescue efforts had ended.

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

Rescue Mission After The Plane Crash

Following the plane crash, teams of Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122 reached the  site and controlled the blaze. The injured have been shifted to a hospital. Holy Family Deputy Medical Superintendent said that the condition of two injured women is critical.

Eyewitness Reports

“I woke to the sound of a huge explosion. I stepped out of my house and saw huge flames. We rushed to the site,” said Mohammad Sadiq, an eyewitness. “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.”

Another resident Ghulam Khan said 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,” he added.

“My sister, her husband and their three children were killed when the plane crashed into their home,” said Mohammad Mustafa, as he sobbed near his sister’s badly damaged home. He said rescuers and troops quickly reached the area after the crash.

Faisal Rahat

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