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Pilot of Hughes OH-7 receives minor injuries. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Military helicopter crashes in Hunza

Hunza: An Army helicopter of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) crashed in Hunza Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday, injuring the pilot.

“The incident occurred soon after the chopper, Huges OH-7, took off,” Deputy Commissioner Hunza Burhan Afandi told The Express Tribune.

“The pilot sustained injuries in the incident,” Afandi said, adding that five persons were on-board at the time of crash.

Amjad Barcha, a local journalist stated that the helicopter crashed in the ground of Hunza Boys Degree College soon after it took off.

Volunteers arrived at the site of the incident immediately are trying to extinguish the fire, an eyewitness claimed.

In February, an Army Aviation’s helicopter crashed near Tarbela Dam, killing a senior military officer and injuring two others.

“An MI-17 helicopter of Army Aviation was on a routine training operation when it crashed within the Army Aviation base Ghazi, some 55km from Tehsil Ghazi, after developing some technical fault at sunset killing Lt-Col Tauqir on the spot,” DSP Ghazi Tehsil Hakim Khan toldThe Express Tribune.

The two others who were also onboard at the time of crash sustained injuries. They were identified as Major Usman and Hawaldar Basharat.

Source: Express Tribune

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