Pakistani army plane crashes into residential area, 17 dead

At least 17 people, including two pilots, three military personnel and 12 civilians were killed when a Pakistan military aircraft on a routine training flight crashed in a residential area near the garrison city of Rawalpindi early on Tuesday.

The plane crashed in the suburbs of Mora Kalu village, killing all five crew members, 12 civilians and destroying few houses, the statement said.

According to the reports, 12 civilians were also injured in the crash which set off a fire in the city.

Soon after the crash, a major fire broke out that engulfed numerous houses in the locality.

Rescuers and troops quickly reached the area and began the rescue operation.

The dead and injured were shifted to the hospital of Rawalpindi, sources said.

The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.