At least 18 killed as army plane crashes in Rawalpindi

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At least 18 people were killed and 16 other were wounded when an Army Aviation plane crashed into a residential area near Rabi Plaza in the jurisdiction of Rawat Police Station in the wee hours of Tuesday, Dunya News reported.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the plane was on it routine flight when it crashed near Rabi Plaza. Two pilots and three crew members of the plane were among the dead.

Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar visited the site of the plane crash where he was briefed by Pakistan Army officers on the mishap.

According to ISPR, the army personnel who died in the plane crash included Lt Col Saqib and Wasim, Naib Subedar Afzal, Hawaldar Ibne Amin and Rahmat.

At least four to five houses were engulfed by fire after the plane crash. There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.

Fire brigade and rescue teams reached the spot after the crash and launched rescue operation. The injured were shifted to Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi.

According to rescue sources, the death toll may further rise as several persons are still trapped in the wreckage. Meanwhile, emergency has been declared in all hospital of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

According to rescue sources, three houses collapsed after the plane crash which five other houses were engulfed by fire.

Rescue sources informed that the civilians died in the plane crash included Jameel, Rubeena, Zuhaib, Pari, Fatima, Uzma, Bashir, Abdul Hafeez, Rahila, Faizan, Faiza, Abdur Rauf and Amna Bibi.

Pakistan has a chequered aviation safety record, with plane and helicopter crashes frequent over the years.

In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from remote northern Pakistan to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.

The deadliest air disaster on Pakistani soil was in 2010, when an Airbus 321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into the hills outside Islamabad while coming in to land, killing all 152 on board.