Pakistan military plane crash kills 17
The crash killed all five crew members and 12 civilians and set off a blaze that left a pile of smoking rubble.
A Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early on Tuesday (July 30).
The crash killed all five crew members and 12 civilians and set off a blaze that left a pile of smoking rubble. A statement from the Pakistani military said the aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed, but there was no immediate word on the cause of the accident or the type of aircraft involved.
Military and civilian rescue workers took at least 12 injured civilians to hospitals in the city and extinguished the fire, leaving the smoking ruins of a house which appeared to have borne the brunt of the crash.
Abdul Rehman led the rescue team. "Some of the victims were burned in the fire. Others were injured when the building collapsed. We have tried to move them to the three biggest hospitals in Rawalpindi," he said.
The site, in a village on the edge of an affluent housing development called Bahia Town, was surrounded by military.
Rescue service vehicles and security officials pushed back a crowd of bystanders.