At least 18 people, including five military personnel and thirteen civilians, embraced martyrdom when a small military plane of Pakistan Army Aviation crashed near Mora Kalu (Bahria Town Phase-7) Rawalpindi.
According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release on Tuesday, the aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed and set off a fire across several homes.
Twelve others were injured in the incident, the ISPR added.
Rescue teams of Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122 reached the site immediately and started the rescue operation. The fire that broke out after the crash has been extinguished and the injured have been shifted to the nearest hospital in Rawalpindi.
The crew members martyred in the incident, including two pilots, were Lieutenant Colonel Saqib, Lieutenant Colonel Waseem, Naib Subedar Afzal, Havaldar Ibne Ameen and Havaldar Rehmat
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed their grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in Rawalpindi aircraft crash.