Pakistani military aircraft crashes on training flight, 17 killed

A Pakistani rescue official has said that the small plane was on a training flight. A military statement confirmed the dead include five soldiers. Rescue officials said the death toll could rise further since there are injured in critical condition. He said about 20 people were injured in the plane crash. "Most of the victims received burn injuries". He said about 20 people were injured in the plane crash.

At least 17 people have died after a Pakistani military aircraft crashed into a village near Rawalpindi.

He added that there were children among the dead. An AP reporter at scene of the crash saw a burning house and some makeshift homes. Army helicopters were seen hovering over the crash site later.

Mohammad Mustafa, as he sobbed near his sister's badly damaged home.

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

Rawalpindi is a major garrison city adjacent to the capital Islamabad in northeast Pakistan, some 70km from the disputed Kashmir border with India. Footage of the accident has been released online, showing the plane flying at low altitude.

Following the plane crash, teams of Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122 reached and site and controlled the blaze.

Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his condolences to the affected families and wished a "quick recovery for the injured", according to a tweet by the Pakistani government.

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

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