Wreckage of missing chopper of Pakistan army found, 6 officers, soldiers aboard martyred: ISPR

The wreckage of the Pakistan army copter that missed in Balochistan Monday night was found near Musa Goth in Lasbela district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.

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“The 6 officers and soldiers, including Lieutenant-General Sarfraz Ali, embraced the shahadat,” tweeted the media affairs wing of the military.

It further stated that the accident took place due to poor weather as per the primary investigations.

The copter was on flood rescue operations in Lasbela, Balochistan when it lost contact with ATC [air traffic control].

Six people were aboard, including the 12th Corps commander, Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, who oversaw disaster relief efforts in Balochistan.

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Police sources told media that the area where the helicopter disappeared was mountainous, with no jeep trails, making it extremely difficult for search and rescue teams.

“Either you go on foot or motorbike or perform aerial surveillance,” one senior official said.

Other problems include the lack of mobile phone coverage and the lack of electricity. The police reportedly called upon local volunteers to assist with its search.

Military personnel and equipment, including helicopters, have been engaged in emergency operations in Balochistan districts affected by the floods for weeks.

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