Plane crashes in Pakistan's Lahore, two dead: officials

A private two-seater plane apparently on a training flight, crashed into a house in Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore on Thursday, killing the pilot and co-pilot, officials said.

Police said the aircraft came down in Lahore's wealthy Model Town neighbourhood but that no one on the ground was hurt. Television footage showed the mangled wreck of a small white plane marked Hybrid Aviation.

"A two-seater, private plane crashed. Two people were on board. We think one was the pilot and the second the co-pilot, both of them have died," police official Maroof Safdar Wala told AFP.

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"It crashed on a house, but the residents are safe," he added.

Local resident Tahir Kardar, a retired colonel, told Waqt TV that the pilot and co-pilot died.

"Rescue people are here and they are trying to cut the bodies out of the plane," he said.

by Marianne Barriaux © 2012 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Feb 23, 2012