Gilgit Baltistan, Dec 27: At least 4 Pakistan Army soldiers including two pilots were killed in a helicopter crash during a casualty evacuation in the Minimarg area of Astore district in Gilgit-Baltistan on late Saturday evening.
According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the helicopter was evacuating the body of a soldier, Abdul Qadeer, to the Combined Military Hospital Skardu.
The ISPR said the helicopter crashed due to technical reasons.
Both pilots — Major M. Hussain and Co-Pilot Major Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam, and soldier Muhammad Farooq — were killed in the crash, the army confirmed.
Maj Hussain belonged to Skardu, Maj Ayaz to Karachi, Naik Inzimam to Chakwal while Sepoy Farooq hailed from Sahiwal.
GB Information Minister Fatullah Khan expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy.
Inputs from Dawn/ANI