A Pakistani army helicopter on flood relief duty crashed in Baluchistan on Monday after losing communication with air traffic control. All six dead have been recovered at the disaster site. The chopper of the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps crashed between Windar and Sassi Punnu Shrine. It was carrying top military figures, including Lt. General Sarfaraz Ali, the commander of 12 military corps.
The bodies of all the deceased were found at Musa Goth, Windar, and Lasbela. The debris site also contained dispersed pieces of the helicopter.
The wreckage of unfortunate hel which was on flood relief ops found in Musa Goth, Windar, Lasbela. All 6 offrs & sldrs incl Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali embraced shahadat. اِنّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations . DTF pic.twitter.com/dnyano2vqC
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 2, 2022
The helicopter departed from Uthal at 5:10 pm on Monday with an intended arrival time of 6:05 p.m., but it lost touch with the air traffic controller and crashed into a mountainous area.
As per the report by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the accident took place due to bad weather. Heavy downpours led to severe floods in Baluchistan, which have claimed 478 lives so far.