RAWALPINDI: An eye-witness of the Army plane crash incident in Rawalpindi has said that the pilot went all out to divert the plane from residential area, but all in vain.
“He (pilot) tried his best to divert the plane somewhere else, but it crashed here (on the residential area) and we ran towards it,” said Zahra while talking to BBC Urdu.
She had seen the fateful plane flying over her house while on fire.
“When the aircraft flew over our house it had caught fire. We got our children out of the house as the plane was about to crash. We were at roof of our house when it crossed over us and in the blink of an eye it crashed here (on land),” she said.
A trainer plane of Pakistan Army Aviation early Tuesday morning crashed in Rawalpindi leaving 17 people dead and 12 others injured.
Media wing of armed forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) had reported that the incident took place at a residential area near Mohra Colony within limits of Rawat police station and the deceased included five crew members including two pilots and 12 residents of the area.
The ISPR had said the plane crashed at a private housing society, which destroyed five houses.
Rescue teams of Pakistan Army had arrived at the site of the incident and rushed the dead and the wounded for autopsy and medical assistance respectively. The blaze was also doused by the rescue teams.
Martyred pilots were identified as Lt Col Waseem and Lt Col Saqib and the other three crew members were Naib Subedar Afzal, Hawaldar Ibn e Amin and Hawaldar Rehmat.The ISPR said the trainer plane was on routine flight when the incident took place.
Investigation team had started collecting evidence from the site of the incident to find out what caused the King Air 350 to crash.