Military plane crashes into homes moments after take-off killing at least 17 in Pakistan

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A MILITARY plane in Pakistan crashed into homes moments after taking off early this morning – leaving at least 17 people dead.

Shocking footage shows a huge fireball erupting after the training flight came down over the village of Mora Kalu just before dawn on Tuesday.

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Shocking footage posted on social media shows a huge fireball erupting after a military plane came down over a village in Pakistan this morning[/caption]

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Locals walk past the smouldering wreckage after the plane disaster in Rawalpindi, Pakistan[/caption]

Two pilots and five soldiers are among the dead – and rescuers fear the toll could rise as many injured are in a critical condition.

Horror TV reports showed a blaze erupting in the residential area near the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Witnesses reported seeing houses – including makeshift homes – burning to the ground.

The army aircraft had taken off for a routine training flight moments earlier from an air base in Rawalpindi, officials said.

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Footage posted online and on local TV reports shows an intense blaze ripping through buildings after the plane crash[/caption]

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Army personnel look through the rubble for any survivors after the disaster in Rawalpindi, Pakistan[/caption]

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An army cordon at the scene of the military plane crash in the early hours of Tuesday morning[/caption]

An emergency was declared in local hospitals where at least 12 wounded people were reportedly being treated.

Farooq Butt, an emergency service official, said earlier that at least 12 people were killed.

But local reports say that the 12 dead are civilians killed alongside the five military personnel who were on board.

A rescue operation was ongoing this morning to try to find survivors in the rubble.


 

Officials said the plane suddenly lost contact with the air traffic control tower after taking off.

A reason for the crash is not yet known and an investigation has been launched.

Rawalpindi is close to the capital, Islamabad, and is where the headquarters of the Pakistan army is based.

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An investigation has been launched into the cause of the disaster after a plane came down over a residential village[/caption]

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Locals and soldiers look on in shock at the rubble left behind after a plane came down in Rawalpindi, Pakistan[/caption]

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