Plane came down in poor district creating huge explosion and fireball in the middle of the night

Seventeen people were killed when a small military plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, officials have said.

The crash created a fireball that lit up the night sky and terrified residents after the plane came down in a poor village in the garrison city that is home to the armys headquarters.

We have received 17 dead bodies including 12 civilians and five crew members, said local rescue spokesman Farooq Butt, adding that a further 12 people had been injured in the accident near the capital, Islamabad.

One resident said the crash happened around 2am on Tuesday. I woke to the sound of a huge explosion. I stepped out of my house and saw huge flames and we rushed to the site, said Mohammad Sadiq.



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