(RAWALPINDI, Pakistan.) JUST IN: At least 18 people were killed and several injured when a small military plane crashed into a residential area near the city: Five crew members and 13 civilians were among the dead, rescue services said #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.30: The aircraft was on a training flight when it crashed and set off a fire across several homes. One witness said the plane was ablaze before the crash: The King Air 350 turboprop reportedly took a steep turn near its destination airport before coming down: Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, is the site of the Pakistani army’s headquarters, and the plane belonged to the Pakistani Army’s aviation unit: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his condolences and wished a “quick recovery for the injured”, according to a tweet sent by the Pakistani government BBC News Asia reported.

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‘ Pakistan military plane crash reduces buildings to rubble ‘

Witnesses at the scene said the aircraft crashed into a family home in a residential area around 02:00 local time (07:00 GMT): “I was awake when the plane flew over my room and it was already on fire in the air,” said resident Ghulam Khan. “The sound was so scary, it was only a small plane. It then fell on a house where a family used to live.”Another witness, Yasir Baloch, said: “The tail of the plane was on fire and it took barely two to three seconds and it crashed four houses away from my house and burnt to ashes.”A resident near the site of the crash who gave his name as Yamin said he had escaped his burning house with his wife, daughter and parents, but his brother, sister-in-law and nephew died: “The window and door to their room was locked. We tried our best to get them out but couldn’t,” he said: Another resident, Mohammad Khan said his brother Abdul Rehman was badly affected: “He survived but his wife, his four children including two daughters, his mother-in-law, brother-in-law and his brother in law’s daughter total eight of them died in the incident.’

Pictures from the scene showed blackened buildings that had been reduced to rubble: A reporter from the AFP news agency said smoke was still rising from the wreckage and pieces of the plane were visible on a nearby roof: Several injured were rushed to hospital, Pakistan’s emergency rescue services said. The bodies of the dead were taken away to be identified: “All the bodies are badly burned, so DNA tests are required for identification,” said Farooq Butt, a spokesman for the rescue services.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………………Published: July.30: 2019:

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