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News channels are reporting a small aircraft and some are reporting helicopter crash...
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12 dead including 5 crew members of Pakistan army aviation training plane crashed in a residential area near Rawalpindi. ISPR (source GeoNews)
 

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RIP. Military airbases should be well away from built up areas. Chaklala Airbase was set up by RAF during British era and it was well away from the contonment but since then urban sprawl has spread out. Today it makes absolutely no sense in having airbase there. That land is valuable estate worth billions. It is ideal for housing. It should be redeveloped as low/medium end housing estate under the Naya Pakistan project. The military should then relocate further into the countryside of the Potohar. Same should apply to Nur Khan airbase.

Only in Pakistan do we see this absurd use of land in urban areas for military. In UK despite being a smaller country the military is based well away from expensive urban areas. Mostly it has bases on the land that is not even suitable for farming etc.
 

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Several of the injured critical as small aircraft goes down near Rawalpindi

Fifteen people were killed when a small plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad, a rescue official saidearly Tuesday.


"A small plane crashed into a residential area. So far we have retrieved 15 dead bodies, including 10 civilians and five crew members," rescue spokesman Farooq Butt said, adding that a further 12 people had been injured.

The type of plane was not immediately clear.

In a statement, the military said five soldiers were among those killed in the plane crash. Rescue officials said the death toll could rise further since there are injured in critical condition.


The military gave no details about the cause of the crash and only said an army aviation aircraft was on a routine training flight when the plane went down in the village of Mora Kalu on outskirts of Rawalpindi. TV footage showed fire erupting in the residential area.

Butt said a rescue operation was still ongoing. An AP reporter at scene of the crash saw a burning house and some makeshift homes.

Rescue officials say the plane suddenly lost control with the tower and reason for the incident was not known.

Some Twitter users put the death toll as high as 17, although this remains unconfirmed.
 

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Several of the injured critical as small aircraft goes down near Rawalpindi

Fifteen people were killed when a small plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad, a rescue official saidearly Tuesday.


"A small plane crashed into a residential area. So far we have retrieved 15 dead bodies, including 10 civilians and five crew members," rescue spokesman Farooq Butt said, adding that a further 12 people had been injured.

The type of plane was not immediately clear.

In a statement, the military said five soldiers were among those killed in the plane crash. Rescue officials said the death toll could rise further since there are injured in critical condition.


The military gave no details about the cause of the crash and only said an army aviation aircraft was on a routine training flight when the plane went down in the village of Mora Kalu on outskirts of Rawalpindi. TV footage showed fire erupting in the residential area.

Butt said a rescue operation was still ongoing. An AP reporter at scene of the crash saw a burning house and some makeshift homes.

Rescue officials say the plane suddenly lost control with the tower and reason for the incident was not known.

Some Twitter users put the death toll as high as 17, although this remains unconfirmed.
First of all, inalillahi wainailaihi rajiun
Secondly, Rawalpindi is so crowded that even a strong wind will kill 30 people, why hasn't this dumb been cleared like Islamabad, is anyone's guess.
 

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