At Least 19 Killed as Pakistani Military Plane Crashes During Routine Training

The military in a statement said that five soldiers and the two pilots were among those killed.

Another 12 civilians were injured in the crash which set off a fire in the city.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the aircraft crashed in a populated area, causing 12 civilians casualties. Troops and police cordoned off the residential area to search for plane debris and investigative evidence after the rescue efforts had ended. (Anjum Naveed/AP Photo) Pakistan army officials examine the site of a plane crash in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on July 30, 2019.

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Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi visited DHQ Rawalpindi and inquired about the health of those injured in Pakistan Army's plane crash. Footage of the accident has been released online, showing the plane flying at low altitude. The injured and deceased were shifted to the Holy Family and other hospitals in Rawalpindi. "Most of the victims received burn injuries".

The Dunya news broadcaster reported later on Tuesday that the death toll had climbed to 19, with 16 people injured. An AP reporter at scene of the crash saw a burning house and some makeshift homes.

One resident told AFP that the crash happened around 2am.

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Abdul Rehman, a doctor, said that at least three houses were badly damaged and the pilots' bodies have been retrieved.

Pakistan's President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in separate statements expressed their condolences.

The military's information wing said the plane was on a routine training mission when the accident occurred.

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