18 killed in Pak plane crash
Islamabad, July 30
A small military plane of the Pakistan Army crashed into a residential area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday, killing 18 persons, including five military personnel, officials said.
The Pakistan army aircraft on a routine training flight crashed in the suburbs of Mora Kalu village, killing 12 civilians and five crew members, including two pilots, and destroying five to six houses, said the Inter-Services Public Relations — the media wing of the Pakistan army. However, a rescue team spokesman said 18 bodies were brought to hospital that included 13 civilians and five crew members.
The Rawalpindi DC said the incident occurred between 2.30 and 2.40 am and 12 persons were injured. The cause of the crash is to be ascertained. — PTI
Poor Safety record
Pakistan has a poor air safety track record, with plane and helicopter crashes occurring frequently over the years:
2016: A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 48 persons crashed and burst into flames near Abbottabad after facing engine problems.
2012: A Bhoja Airline plane, a Boeing 737, carrying 121 passengers and six crew members, crashed near Islamabad just before touchdown
2010: An Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad. All 152 persons on board were killed
1992: A PIA Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its way Kathmandu, killing 167 persons