Wreckage of missing military helicopter found, all six aboard martyred

General, brigadiers among six martyred in chopper crash in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: The wreckage of the missing military helicopter that went missing yesterday (Monday) in Balochistan’s Lasbela during relief operations has been found, with no survivors, confirmed Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)  on Tuesday.

The wreckage of the missing helicopter was discovered in the Musa Goth, Windar area of Lasbela, twitted DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar.  Initial investigations indicate that accident occurred due to bad weather, added ISPR.

“All six officers and soldiers including Corp Commander XII Corp (also known as Quetta Corp) Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali embraced shahadat,” the ISPR said in a tweet.

The other five martyrs include Brigadier Amjad Hanif — whose name had been approved for promotion as major general — Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, both pilots Major Saeed Ahmed and Major Talha Manan, and crew member Naik Mudassar Fayyaz.

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The confirmation comes after a night of frenzied search for the missing chopper that lost content with air traffic control on Monday evening.

The ISPR, in its tweet on Monday, had said that the army aviation helicopter with six people on board, that was on flood relief operations in Balochistan, had gone missing.

“A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan, lost contact with ATC,” the Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) tweeted.

The Pakistan Army and the civil authorities have been conducting relief and rescue operations in the rain and flood-hit areas of the province.

Following the incident Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed concern over the disappearance of the helicopter, saying that the disappearance of the army aviation helicopter from Balochistan was alarming. “The entire nation prays to Allah Almighty for the safety, security, and return of these sons of the country who came out to help the flood victims,” the premier said in a tweet.

 

 

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