ISLAMABAD: The helicopter of Pakistan military that made a crash landing in Gilgit and killed seven people, including two foreign diplomats on Friday, had developed a technical fault, according to ISPR.
“As per initial information, two helicopters landed safely while third developed technical fault while landing,” Director General ISPR said on Twitter.
Sources told that the helicopter’s tail rotor developed a fault, prompting its pilots to crash the unbalanced chopper, carrying foreign delegation members, into a school in Naltar valley of Gilgit and caught fire.
Sources said the helicopter made crash landing from a height of 30 feet at 10:45 am today.
The helicopter was one of three carrying foreign delegation, their aides and members of the press to inspect projects on a three-day trip to Gilgit-Baltistan territory where they were set to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Leif H. Larsen, the Norwegian envoy, and Domingo D. Lucenario Jr of the Philippines were killed along with the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors, two pilots and a crew member.
Polish ambassador Andrzej Ananiczolish and Dutch ambassador Marcel de Vink were also injured, according to ISPR.
Prime Minister Sharif “expressed deep grief and sorrow” over the incident according to a statement issued by his office, which added that he had been on his way to the region but his plane returned to Islamabad after hearing the news.