At least 17 dead after Pakistan military plane crashes into major city

At least 17 dead after Pakistan military plane crashes into major city

At least 17 dead after Pakistan military plane crashes into major city

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The ISPR said that "rescue teams of the Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122 had reached the site of the incident and the fire had been extinguished".

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi visited DHQ Rawalpindi and inquired about the health of those injured in Pakistan Army's plane crash.

Another resident, Ghulam Khan, said he heard the plane as it went over his house and the aircraft appeared to be on fire before it crashed. In a statement, the military said five soldiers were among those killed in the plane crash.

A small Pakistani military plane crashed into a residential area near the garrison city of Rawalpindi before dawn Tuesday, killing at least 12 people, including two pilots, officials said.

Two pilots and three crew members of the plane were among the dead, whereas 16 others sustained critical wounds.

"We have moved all the bodies and injured persons to hospitals", Butt told The Associated Press.

Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years. The injured have been admitted to the hospital, the statement from the army's communications wing said. "Most of the victims received burn injuries".

"According to our latest information, a total of 18 people were killed in the plane crash".

Five crew members and 10 civilians are dead, according to rescue spokesman Farooq Butt.

Pakistan's military has been on maximum alert since February, when India launched an air strike inside Pakistani territory allegedly targeting a militant group blamed for organising the Pulwama suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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