First of all, inalillahi wainailaihi rajiunSeveral 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.