Rawalpindi (30th July, 2019): Reportedly 17 people, including five crew members and 12 civilians, were killed after a Pakistan Army Aviation aircraft crashed near Mora Kalu Rawalpindi. According to an ISPR press release issued on Tuesday morning 12 others were injured in the incident.
According to reports of Baaghi TV, the crew members martyred in the incident, included two pilots: Lt Col Saqib (pilot) and Lt Col Waseem (pilot), as well as Naib Subedar Afzal, Havaldar Ibne Ameen and Havaldar Rehmat.
The ISPR issued a statement that rescue teams of the Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122 had reached the site of the incident and the fire caused by the plane crash had been extinguished. The injured were reportedly shifted from the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) to the Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi.
Moreover, it had been reported that Military officials cordoned off the crash site. A cleanup operation at the site of the incident has started in order to clear rubble. Several men and women who lost their relatives in the crash were seen wailing and crying as rescuers put charred bodies of the victims into ambulances.
Reports confirm that Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar visited the site of the plane crash where he was briefed by Pakistan Army officers on the incident.
Talking to media personnel, a rescue official commented: “A small plane crashed into a residential area”. He added that the rescue teams have been able to retrieve “18 dead bodies, including 13 civilians and five crew members,” further adding that approximately nine people had also been injured.
Rescue 1122 and Pakistan Army Teams were dispatched and immediately rushed to the scene to start the rescue operation, claim sources. Additionally it was confirmed that at least 12 people have been reported to be injured in the mishap and emergency declared in three major hospitals of the city.
Moreover, the injured and bodies were reportedly shifted to the Holy Family and DHQ hospitals in Rawalpindi.
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