Islamabad/Lahore; Four persons, including
a top official of the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers, were
feared killed when a helicopter crashed into the Indus river
in Punjab province on Wednesday.
Maj Gen Muhammad Nawaz, the provincial head of the
Pakistan Rangers, his son Capt Asif Nawaz, a pilot and a
technician were on board the helicopter when it crashed this
morning in bad weather, an official spokesman said.
The general`s son was also his aide-de-camp.
Rescue workers and divers pulled two mutilated bodies
out of the river and one of them was identified as Asif Nawaz,
officials told the media.
The officials said it was unlikely that anyone in the helicopter had survived the crash.
Footage on television showed rescue teams and local
residents pulling out mangled parts of the helicopter from the
Witnesses said they had seen the helicopter on fire
before it crashed.
The helicopter was going from Dera Ghazi Khan to
Kashmore but the pilot decided to fly towards Multan after
encountering bad weather, a Pakistan Rangers spokesman said.
The pilot lost control and the helicopter crashed near
Kot Sultan village in Layyah district, he said.
Complete information about casualties would be
provided only after the rescue operation is completed, the
spokesman said. Initial reports had said there were five persons on
board the helicopter.
Last month, a Pakistan Army helicopter had crashed
near Haripur in Punjab during a routine flight after
developing technical problems.
A junior commissioned officer was killed and four
others were injured in that incident.