A Pakistan Army aviation helicopter went missing in the Sassi Pano hills of Lasbela district in Balochistan later authorities found its wreckage in the same Lasbela hills.
Quetta Corps Commander and Commander 12 Corps Lt General Sarfraz Ali and five individuals including two high-profile army officers on board embraced martyrdom, said Pakistan Army’s media wing.
The wreckage of unfortunate hel which was on flood relief ops found in Musa Goth, Windar, Lasbela. All 6 offrs & sldrs incl Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali embraced shahadat. اِنّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations . DTF pic.twitter.com/dnyano2vqC— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 2, 2022
A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC. 6 individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan. Search operation is underway.DTF— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 1, 2022
بلوچستان سے آرمی ایوی ایشن کے ہیلی کاپٹر کی گمشدگی تشویشناک ہے۔ پوری قوم اللہ تعالیٰ کے حضور سیلاب متاثرین کی مدد پر نکلنے والے وطن کے ان بیٹوں کی سلامتی، حفاظت اور بخیریت واپسی کے لئے دعا گو ہے۔ ان شاءاللہ— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 1, 2022
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی کی جانب سے بلوچستان کے علاقے لسبیلہ میں سیلاب سے متعلق امدادی کارروائیوں پر مامور پاک فوج کے ہیلی کاپٹر کے لاپتہ ہونے پر گہری تشویش کا اظہار۔— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) August 1, 2022
صدر مملکت کی کمانڈر 12 کور اور دیگر سوار فوجی افسران کی حفاظت کی دعا،
Disturbing news of army aviation helicopter missing and praying for all those on board.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 1, 2022
List of passengers who are aboard the missing helicopter.
- Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali Corps Commander Quetta
2). Brig Amjad Hanif Satti DG Coast Guard
3). Brig Khalid Commander Corps Engineer 12 Corps
4). Maj Saeed Pilot
5). Maj Talha Co-Pilot
6). Naik Mudasir Crew.
Balochistan Police, navy personnel, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and local administration on motorbikes have launched the risky search and rescue operation.
The helicopter went missing in the Sassi Pano hills in the Lasbela district of Balochistan.
The district was badly hit by floodwaters and the local administration along with Pakistan Army aviation helicopter were carrying out the rescue Op for stranded people also army jawans provided food and ration to the people in need
Balochistan government spokesperson Farah Azeem Shah said the helicopter carrying Commander XII Corps and other senior military officials left Balochistan’s Uthal area in Lasbela at 5:10 pm but didn’t land at its destination even after over six hours.
Lasbela to Karachi air route
The area where the army helicopter went missing was not far from Karachi as the aviation copter supposed to reach the Faisal Air Base in Karachi but it has not been over five years since the copter lost connection with the Air Tower Controller (ATC).
This is a developing story.