A Pakistan Army helicopter crashed during an overnight mission in Balochistan province, killing all six people on board, including two officers.
In a statement on Monday, the ISPR said the chopper crashed late last night during an operational flight near the town of Khost in the Harnai District of Balochistan.
“All 6 personnel on board, including two pilots, have embraced shahadat (martyrdom),” said a statement from the army’s media wing.
The martyred officials were identified as:
- 39-year-old Major Khurram Shahzad (pilot), a resident of Attock. He was married and had one daughter.
- 30-year-old Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal (pilot), a resident of Rawalpindi. He leaves behind his wife and two sons.
- 44-year-old Subedar Abdul Wahid, a resident of Sabirabad village in Karak. He was married and had four children, including three sons and a daughter.
- 27-year-old Sepoy Muhamad Imran, a resident of Makhdoompur in Khanewal. He leaves behind wife, two daughters and a son.
- 30-year-old Naik Jalil waa from village Bhutta, Lohara, Teh Kharian in Gujrat district. He had two sons.
- 35-year-old Sepoy Shoaib, a resident of village Khatarphatti PO Syeeda Teh Jhand in Attock district. He had one son.
This is the second military helicopter crash in two months. In early August, six senior military officers, including Corps Commander Quetta Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ahmad, lost their lives when their helicopter crashed during a flood relief operation.