Helicopter carrying 6 Pak army officers goes missing
Published: 01:02 PM, 2 August 2022 Updated: 01:05 PM, 2 August 2022
A Pakistani Army aviation helicopter carrying six senior military officers, including a top commander of XII Corps, went missing in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, the army said.
According to the information of Anadolu Agency, The officers, including Corps Commander Quetta Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ahmad, lost contact with the air traffic control during flood relief operations in the southwestern Balochistan province, which has been badly hit by massive downpours and flashfloods.
“A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC. Six individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan. A search operation is underway to locate the missing choppe,” Major General Babar Iftikhar, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations — the media wing of Pakistan’s armed forces — said in a tweet on Monday.
The Pakistan Army is yet to confirm the crash. They have so far confirmed the news of the helicopter going missing.
However, a police source said that the helicopter apparently crashed near a place called Sassi Pannu in a mountainous region in Lasbela.
The six individuals on board included the Commander XII Corps Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was supervising the flood relief operations in Balochistan province.
The others on board included Major Syed the pilot, Major Talha the co-pilot, Director-General of Coast Guards Brigadier Amjad, Engineer Brigadier Khalid and Chief Naik Mudassir.
Deputy Inspector-General Khuzdar Pervez Imrani conceded that the area where the helicopter reportedly went missing was mountainous terrain, without jeep paths, complicating search operations.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed concern over the incident.
“The reports of a missing helicopter of Army Aviation are very concerning. The whole nation bows in front of Allah for safety and return of personnel involved in flood relief operations,” he tweeted.