A Pakistani Army aircraft crashed into a housing complex in Rawalpindi on Tuesday morning, killing at least 17 people, including two pilots and three military officers. A shocking video of the plane crashing down on the residential area in the middle of the night has surfaced on social media.
The video shows the plane swooping down in the middle of a dark night and bursting into a ball of flame, destroying several houses it crashed into.
Twelve civilians were killed in the crash and the following fire while several others were left injured.
Locals have uploaded pictures and videos of the burning houses on social media.
Plane falls, captured in perfect timing,
How? Exact time? With a video opened? And a blast took place after crash. I’m not getting this whole thing.
Looks like it was filmed for news.
May Allah bless all souls who died & bless injured with speedy recovery. Ameen
(@IramAKhanPK) July 29, 2019
BREAKING : A small aircraft which took off from #Islamabad international airport, #Pakistan has crashed in a housing society in the city of #Rawalpindi, 4 people died, 3-4 houses are completely damaged due to a #planecrash in #Rawalpindi.
FatiMa Butt (@FatiMaButt_17) July 29, 2019
The Pakistan Army aviation aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed in a residential area in Rawalpindi.
The plane crashed in the suburbs of Mora Kalu village, killing 12 civilians and five crew members and destroying five to six houses, the Pakistan Army said.
It said that all five crew members, including two pilots, were killed and 12 others were injured in the accident.
District commissioner Rawalpindi Ali Randhawa told the media that the incident occurred between 2:30 to 2:40 am when a small military plane which was on a training mission crashed in Rawalpindi.
The dead and injured were shifted to various hospitals of Rawalpindi, where paramedics said most of the victims were badly burnt.
Radio Pakistan also reported that 17 people were killed in the accident.
The cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained and the rescue operation was completed by the morning, the authorities said.
The village where the plane crashed is located close to the posh area of Bahria Town. Soon after the crash, a massive fire broke out that engulfed several houses in the locality.