Norway, Philippines envoys killed in Pakistan air crash

Many of the injured were brought to a military hospital in Gilgit for treatment. Photo AFP

The ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines are among at least six people killed in a helicopter crash in northern Pakistan, the army says.

The military helicopter crashed during an emergency landing in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan territory.

The wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys and two Pakistan Army pilots also died in the crash.

They were travelling to attend the opening of a tourism project in Gilgit. The cause of the crash is unclear.

'Urgent' situation

Military spokesman Asim Bajwa confirmed the deaths of Norwegian envoy Leif Larsen and Domingo Lucenario of the Philippines in a post on Twitter. He said five others were injured, including the Polish and Dutch ambassadors.

Eleven foreigners and six Pakistanis were on board the MI-17 helicopter, he added.

The helicopter reportedly hit a building belonging to an army school in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is not yet known whether there are any casualties on the ground.

It was one of three helicopters ferrying a delegation of foreign diplomats for the inauguration of a chairlift project built by the air force for tourists.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was scheduled to inaugurate the facility, but his aircraft turned back from Gilgit after reports of the crash.

The chairlift project was reportedly completed more than six months ago, but its inauguration was delayed due to Prime Minister Sharif's other commitments.

Gilgit-Baltistan is famous for its natural beauty and the main city of Gilgit is seen as a gateway to the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges.

It is also a strategically important autonomous region bordering China, Afghanistan and Indian-held Kashmir.


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