Posted By : Mamoona Naseer

5/9/2015 12:32:26 AM

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Norway, Philippines ambassadors among 8 killed in Gilgit helicopter crash

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), eight people were killed including the ambassadors of Norway and Philippines when an army helicopter crashed in Naltar area of Gilgit on Friday.

Two pilots and a crew member were among those killed when the Pakistan Army helicopter crash-landed on a school in Naltar Valley, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Asim Bajwa said. Media reports identified the two pilots as Major Altamash and Major Faisal.

Norwegian envoy Leif H Larsen, Philippines ambassador Domingo D Lucenario Jr, wives of Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors and two pilots were killed in the incident while Polish ambassador Andrzej Ananiczolish and Dutch ambassador Marcel de Vink sustained injuries. The Mi-17 helicopter crashed on a school, which officials said was closed at the time.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic helicopter crash. He extended heartfelt condolences to those who lost their lives in this incident and announced a day of mourning.

It was one of the worst air crash in the history of the country since 2012 when a Boeing 737 passenger plane went down in Islamabad, killing 130 people.

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