Six officers including one Lieutenant General of the Pakistani Army were killed in a helicopter crash in the Lasbela district of Balochistan. It is believed that the accident occurred due to bad weather.

The Pakistan Army aviation helicopter was on flood relief operations in Balochistan's Lasbela district.

According to local media reports, Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, who was supervising Balochistan's relief operations, Brigadier Amjad Hanif, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major M Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz were killed in the crash.

Pakistan chopper crash
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The wreckage of the Army Aviation helicopter, which went missing a day earlier, has been found and the Pakistan military's media wing has confirmed that all six passengers onboard were killed in the crash.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the wreckage was found in the Musa Goth area of Windar in the Lasbela district.

In a statement on Twitter, the military's media wing said,  "The wreckage of an unfortunate helicopter which was on flood relief ops found in Musa Goth, Windar, Lasbela. All six officers and soldiers including Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali embraced shahadat", The accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations.

Chopper was missing since Monday

According to reports, a Pakistan Army aviation helicopter - on flood relief operations in Balochistan's Lasbela - went missing on Monday after it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC).

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said as many as six individuals, including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, supervising relief operations in the flood-hit province, were on board.

It is reported that the helicopter might have crashed and the chances of survival of all on board were slim. However, there was no official confirmation of the crash from the military's media wing till the filing of this report.

Army troops, police, and other rescue teams were busy, searching the helicopter but hilly area and damaged roads due to floods hampering the operation.

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