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Pakistani military plane crash kills 17

Military personnel work at the scene where a Pakistani Army Aviation Corps aircraft crashed in Rawalpindi. Photo: Getty
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Five crew and 12 civilians have been killed after a Pakistani military plane crashed in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

A Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight has crashed in a built-up area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing all five crew members and 12 civilians.

Another 12 civilians were injured in the crash early on Tuesday, which set off a fire, an army statement said.

Rawalpindi is close to the capital, Islamabad, and is where the headquarters of the Pakistan army is based.

The website of newspaper The News carried footage showing a building engulfed in flames. There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash or the type of aircraft involved.

Military and civilian rescue teams were at the scene and extinguished the fire and took the injured to hospital, the statement from the army’s communications wing said.