A Pakistani military aircraft on a training exercise crashed in a built-up area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early on Tuesday killing all five crew members and 12 civilians and setting off a blaze that left a pile of smoking rubble.
A statement from the Pakistani military stated the plane was on a routine training flight when it crashed. However, there was no fast phrase on the cause of the accident or the type of aircraft involved.
Army and civilian rescue employees took at least 12 injured civilians to hospitals in the city and extinguished the fire, leaving the smoking ruins of a home which appeared to have borne the brunt of the crash.
“The aircraft hit the aspect of the constructing, and the structure it has crashed into has completely collapsed,’ an army officer on the scene stated.
The site, in a village on called Bahia Town the edge of prosperous housing development, was surrounded by army and rescue service vehicles and security officers pushed back a crowd of bystanders.
Rawalpindi is near the capital Islamabad and is the place the headquarters of the Pakistan army is based.
Earlier, the website of the newspaper The News International carried footage showing a constructing engulfed in flames within the immediate aftermath of the crash.
Rawalpindi is a metropolis in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is adjoining to Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad, and the two are jointly known as the “twin cities” on account of excellent social and economic links between the cities. Rawalpindi is the fourth-largest metropolis in Pakistan by inhabitants.