Military Helicopter Crashed Near Mansehra

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 06 August 2015 20:03

MANSEHRA: At least nine people are feared dead when a military helicopter crashed near Sri Mountain in Phulra area of Mansehra on Thursday, media reported.

According to initial details, an army MI-17 ‘air ambulance’ helicopter carrying a medical team, crashed in the mountainous area of Mansehra. Both of the pilots were among those who died.

The military has been operating helicopter flights in the region to aid with flood relief and rescue efforts.

The crash is suspected to have been caused by adverse weather as the helicopter flew over the mountains while heading towards Gilgit.

After the crash, the helicopter reportedly caught fire.

District police officer Sher Akbar confirmed that a helicopter had crashed, however, further investigations are in progress.

Officials and rescue workers are trying to reach the site of the crash.

Earlier in the week, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had requested the government for two helicopters to carry out relief and rescue work in the flood affected areas of the province.

Earlier during the day, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) helicopter made an emergency landing in Chitral owing to a technical fault as it carried out reliefs operations.

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