Pakistan Army Plane Crashes In Rawalpindi

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Eighteen people were killed when a small military plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

The plane crashed into a poor village near an upscale neighbourhood in the garrison city that is home to the army’s headquarters, creating a fireball that lit up the night sky and terrified residents.

Reports say 18 dead bodies were taken to the hospital including 13 civilians and five crew members. A further 12 people had been injured in the accident near the capital Islamabad. DNA tests are required for identification.

The deadliest air disaster on Pakistani soil was in 2010 when an Airbus 321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into the hills outside Islamabad while coming into land, killing all 152 onboard.

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