Pakistan army plane crashes into a residential area killing at least 18 people in Rawalpindi

At least 18 people were killed after a Pakistan army plane crashed into a residential area in the city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday morning, the country’s military said in a statement.

Locals reported hearing a loud explosion at about 2am after seeing a plane flying low over the city.

Eyewitnesses in the area said, “The plane was very, very low, unlike the planes that usually fly over the area. Suddenly, the plane started doing somersaults in the air and abruptly crashed.”

The plane came down in a suburb of Rawalpindi, between Bahria Town and the Defense Housing Authority, which is populated by working-class villages.

A number of houses were damaged because of the crash. Army helicopters and ambulances arrived and sealed off the area within 10 minutes of the crash. The area was dark, and there were no streetlights when the plane came down.

According to the military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news agency, 12 of those killed were on the ground when the plane hit. The other five dead were crew members. Another two people have been reported injured.

There is currently no information about what caused the plane to crash into the city.

Source : Various