At least 19 people, including two pilots and three crew members, were killed and several others injured after a small plane belonging to the Pakistan Army Aviation crashed in Rawalpindi, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province, during a routine training flight, local media reported on Tuesday, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
Shortly after, a massive fire broke out at the crash site near the Rabi Center shopping mall, engulfing several houses and leaving at least 15 people injured, AFP reported, citing emergency services.
The website of newspaper The News carried footage showing a building engulfed in flames. There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash or the type of aircraft involved.
Military and civilian rescue teams were at the scene and extinguished the fire and took the injured to hospital, the statement from the army’s communications wing said.