4 killed as helicopter crash-lands

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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At least four people were killed when a Pakistani army helicopter made a crash-landing in the north of the country, the military said.

The MI-17 aircraft was carrying 11 foreigners and six Pakistanis.

Army spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter that the helicopter made the emergency landing in the northern area of Naltar.

The cause of the crash was unclear.

Maj Gen Bajwa said two Pakistani pilots and two or three foreigners were killed and that the 13 surviving passengers suffered “varying degree of injuries”.

The nationality of the foreigners who were killed in the crash was not immediately known.

The passengers were flying to the city of Gilgit where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was to attend a public ceremony.

Mr Sharif was in his own plane en route to Gilgit when the “tragic news” was conveyed to him, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office. It said the premier returned to Islamabad early in the wake of the crash.

It said Mr Sharif also expressed his “deep grief and sorrow over the tragic incident” and that he “extended heartfelt condolences to those who lost their lives in this incident”.

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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