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Control over copter lost just before landing: PAF Says

Published in Dawn,
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Even as a board constituted by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to investigate the deadly air crash at Naltar began its proceedings, the PAF chief said on Saturday the ill-fated helicopter went out of control just before landing, Dawn news reported.

The helicopter crash on Friday claimed the lives of seven people including envoys of Norway and the Philippines; wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia; both the pilots and a crewmember.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman blamed technical failure for the crash.

“The pilots were seasoned. The base commander was present at the landing site. The helicopter went out of control due to technical reasons moments before landing,” he told the state-run Pakistan Television.

The air chief said the helicopter appeared to behave normally as it approached the landing area.

For his part, South African High Commissioner Mpendulo Jele, who was on board the helicopter but miraculously remained unhurt, said it was an accident.

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