A Military Plane that crashed into a residential area near the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi killed about 17 people.
An army officer at the scene told news outlet Reuters that it “hit the side of the building and the structure it crashed into completely collapsed” with Five crew members and 12 civilians dead.
local media said citing an army statement said Twelve people are injured. The aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed and set off a fire which engulfed several houses.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash or what kind of aircraft it was.
Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, is the site of the army’s headquarters.
The plane, which was part of the Pakistani Army’s aviation unit, came down in the early hours today. A crowd of local residents, some sobbing, gathered at the residential area where the incident occurred,
A resident Mohammad Sadiq said “I woke up to the sound of a huge explosion,” “People were screaming, we tried to help them but the flames were too high and the fire too intense.”
Another resident said the plane appeared to be on fire before it crashed.
Pictures from the scene showed blackened buildings that had been reduced to rubble.