A Pakistan military helicopter crashed yesterday on the way to inspect a tourism project. The crash killed 9 people including Ambassadors from the Philippines and Norway, and also the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian Ambassadors. The two pilots and a crew member was among the 9 who died in the crash.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on a separate helicopter when the accident happened and has returned to his office in Islamabad. Initial information that was released by the Pakistani military spokesman said that the crash was caused by a technical failure and not a Taliban attack as the Taliban’s claim that they were the one who brought down the chopper by shooting it with a shoulder-launched missile and was actually aiming for PM Sharif’s helicopter.
The military also claimed that their military has a good reputation for looking after their equipment thus having good equipment’s and well trained and highly professional air force. The Foreign Office said 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into a school in Gilgit and caught fire. Media said there were 11 foreigners and six Pakistanis.
"The bodies are so badly torched that they can't be identified," said Sibtain Ahmed, the home secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit, about 250 km (150 miles) north of Islamabad, is not a militant stronghold and the Taliban often claim responsibility for incidents that they had nothing to do with.
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Posted by NewsBeat Social on Friday, May 8, 2015
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